Artwork Commission



Queensland Museum Network recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first scientists, storytellers, traders and diplomats of Queensland.

We have engaged with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities since our inception in 1862. 

We take great pride in the many relationships forged with First Nations communities across the globe and we are humbled by the trust instilled in us as a keeping place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander material culture, ancestral remains and secret sacred objects.

That said, we recognise that our interactions with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were not always positive. In 2019 we made a public apology for past practices, as the central component of Reflect, our very first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

Today, QMN is continuing our reconciliation journey with an Innovate RAP. 

The activities in our Innovate RAP will celebrate the vibrant living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; acknowledge past injustices; tell hidden histories; and embed First Nations voices as a vital, continuing thread in our organisational fabric.

Expressions of interest are now being sought from individual Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to create an original artwork for our Innovate RAP.  

The successful artist will receive $10,000 + GST

Each expression interest will be subject to a merit-based assessment based on the following equally weighted criteria: 

Applications open Friday 15 July 2022 and close Friday 5 August 2022.  The successful artist will be notified by 12 August 2022 and the final artwork delivered to Queensland Museum, South Bank, Brisbane by 5pm, 9 September 2022 

Submit your expression of interest here before the closing date.

More information? 

For more information on this project, please contact: 

Julia Waters

Senior Project Officer – RAP

Queensland Museum Network

P:         07 3153 7845