UQ's call for Reconciliation Artwork

The University of Queensland (UQ) is preparing to launch its first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in late 2018.

We invite Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artists to submit an expression of interest to create artwork to be displayed in a prominent position on one of our three campuses and on the front cover of the RAP.

It is also intended that the artwork be used to represent and support reconciliation and Indigenous activities and initiatives at UQ, where the artwork can be reproduced across a number of formats, including banners, website, merchandise, social media, badges, cards and email signatures. Supporting guidelines for use of the artwork enable UQ staff to respectfully reproduce the artwork across digital and physical collateral, and these will be included within UQ’s corporate style guidelines. UQ’s current corporate style guidelines are under review as a result of a brand refresh, and will include a revised primary and secondary colour palette. It is preferable that the artist predominantly reflect these colours, particularly the primary colour of purple.

UQ’s mission is to create change that positively influences society by engaging in the pursuit of excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge. We aspire to make Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges an integral component of this mission and in the spirit of reconciliation, the achievement of all our University values:

  • Pursuit of excellence
  • Creativity and independent thinking
  • Honesty and accountability
  • Mutual respect and diversity
  • Supporting our people.

Our reconciliation vision is to build a strong sense of belonging in an inclusive UQ that works respectfully with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, staff and communities in teaching, learning, research and collaboration – embracing and enhancing the best of our nation’s and the world’s diversity.

How do I submit an Expression of Interest?

To complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) please click on the Download EOI Form link to download and complete the form. You can copy and paste or write directly into the fields. Alternatively, you can attach files for your biography and/ or portfolio to your email submission. Email your completed form and attachments to procurement@uq.edu.au by 5pm Wednesday 11 July 2018.

Please note incomplete Expressions of Interest will not be evaluated.

What happens after I submit an Expression of Interest and will the artist be paid to create the artwork for UQ?

The University of Queensland (UQ) is seeking to respectfully engage with an artist who best demonstrates their ability to design our reconciliation artwork.  UQ is engaging a multi-stage process to commission an Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander artist to design UQ’s reconciliation artwork.  Once submissions have closed, Expressions of Interests will be shortlisted by an Evaluation Panel and shortlisted artists will be invited to provide a quote.  Quotes will be evaluated and scored against criteria outlined in the request for quote.  

What do you mean by a Statement of Agreement?

The Statement of Agreement is the first step in a multi-staged process to engage an Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander artist.  The Statement’s purpose is to assist with ensuring artists submitting an Expression of Interest are aware of and agree to:

  • UQ purchasing the artwork and copyright
  • Working with UQ staff, students, alumni and contractors (as required) to digitise the artwork and incorporate in UQ’s corporate style guide.
  • Predominantly use UQ re-branded corporate colours palette in the artwork (provided with Request for Quote)
  • Completing the artwork by 20 September 2018.

Can I submit an artwork for sale in my collection?

UQ will consider an artist and their artwork in line with the criteria at each step of this multi-stage process.

How do I obtain the colours in the new UQ colour palette?

The colour palette will be provided with the Request for Quote to shortlisted artists.

What style of art are you looking for?

UQ is inviting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to submit an expression of interest to create artwork that can be displayed on campus and respectfully reproduced for physical and digital collateral.  The Evaluation Panel will assess the submitted expressions to shortlist for invitation to submit a Request for Quote. 

How will the artwork be used?

As well as being displayed on campus, the artwork will be respectfully reproduced to represent a range of reconciliation and Indigenous initiatives, activities and programs across UQ e.g. UQ’s Reconciliation Action Plan.

Expression of Interest Closed

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

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