Call for artwork to acknowledge Gadigal country

Call for artwork to acknowledge Gadigal country

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and designers are invited to share their ideas for new street banners and signs celebrating the world’s oldest living cultures.

The City of Sydney is seeking proposals for an original artwork design that celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and cultures on Gadigal country. The artwork will be used on street banners across the city centre and NAIDOC Week promotional materials.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the winning design would help promote Sydney’s rich cultural history and inspire a sense of pride and connection to place.

“We are proud to recognise and celebrate the world’s longest living cultures and pay tribute to the first inhabitants and custodians of the region, the Gadigal people,” the Lord Mayor said.

“The City is committed to recognising and elevating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and promoting Aboriginal language in the public domain.

“We’re inviting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and designers to share their vision for how Gadigal country can be recognised and celebrated throughout our great city.”

Applicants are required to submit an outline of their proposal and approach for creating an original artwork, along with a copy of their portfolio. Expressions of interest do not need to include a complete artwork.

If successful, the artist or designer will be engaged to work with the City to develop the final artwork that will:

  • recognise the traditional custodians of the place we now call Sydney
  • highlight the unique identity and story of Sydney and its rich cultural history
  • incorporate local Aboriginal language and the Gadigal phrase bujari gamarruwa, meaning ‘good day’.

The winning design will feature prominently in the City of Sydney’s NAIDOC Week materials, including signs for the popular NAIDOC in the City event in July.

Through our reconciliation action plan and Eora Journey program the City is committed to a future that supports and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and lays the groundwork for a future that embraces all Australians.

Expressions of interest close 5pm on Sunday 8 April 2018.

For more information about the expression of interest process, see

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