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Calling all Queensland First Nations artists

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Queensland is home to two distinct First Nation cultures and within those cultures are hundreds of languages and communities.

The South Bank area, on which our QPAC building stands, has long been a meeting place and trading point for the Turrbal and Jagera peoples. We acknowledge and honour them as the traditional custodians of this land and pay our respects to their elders.

As a major arts body we consider it a privilege to continue the traditions of those who have danced, made music, and told stories on this land centuries before our building was constructed. We have long been committed to embedding First Nations into our programming, however we have more recently been working towards finalising a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) that will see us further our relationship with the First Nations Community.

Our intent is to ensure there is a First Nations thread through all that we do, not just in our programming, and the QPAC RAP is a crucial step in making this happen.

As we look forward to launching the RAP, we are seeking to commission a Queensland First Nations artist to create an artwork specifically for the cover of the publication. We hope this artwork will speak to the intent of the RAP and come to represent our commitment to the First Nations community.

An Expression of Interest (EOI) process is now open to all Queensland First Nations artists with details available here. We invite all interested artists to submit an expression of interest for consideration.

Submissions must be received via email by 16 March 2022. We look forward to sharing our RAP and its cover artwork with our community later this year.


Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians

We pay our respects to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestors of this land, their spirits and their legacy. The foundations laid by these ancestors – our First Nations Peoples – gives strength, inspiration and courage to current and future generations, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, towards creating a better Queensland.