Yarra City Council is inviting Expressions of Interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to develop a creative outdoor work to commemorate the Stolen Generations.
The Stolen Generations Marker will be a tribute to the Stolen Generations and their families and it will stand as a reminder of the ongoing impacts of past racist government policies on the Aboriginal community today.
It will honour the struggles of the Stolen Generations as well as acknowledge the resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, communities, clans and groups who seek to heal from the past. The project will also promote awareness of the Stolen Generations in the broader community; this is a crucial step for collective healing.
Information for Artists
The project is being managed by a Steering Committee comprising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members, service providers and Council Officers.
Council is currently undertaking extensive consultation with members of the Stolen Generations and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities on the themes and stories that should inform the development of the marker.
Up to five artists will be commissioned to develop concept designs for the marker, with consideration to the themes, stories and insights gathered during the community consultation.
The artists will be contracted for a fee of $2,000 (exc. GST) each to research, develop and cost their proposal to create the Stolen Generations Marker.
One applicant is then expected to be selected to develop and create the Stolen Generations Marker.
For further information please read the Project Brief
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists with links to Victoria are invited to register interest in the commission via an open Expression of Interest (EOI) process.
To apply for this opportunity, artists are asked to provide the following information:
- Personal contact details
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- A short statement about your practice (100 – 500 words)
- Images of your previous work (up to 10)
This EOI is now closed.
If you would like to hand deliver or post a hard copy of your application, please contact Karra Rees, Public Arts Officer, on 03 9205 5404 or Karra.Rees@yarracity.vic.gov.au
Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are invited from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists with links to Victoria to register their interest in the commission.
Up to five applicants who have submitted an EOI will be selected and contracted to develop concept designs and an indicative budget for this project. These artists will have up to eight weeks to research and develop a proposal to create the Stolen Generations Marker; each of these artists will be paid a fee of $2,000 (exc. GST) for Stage Two of the project. Only one of these artists will be invited to proceed to Stage Three.
Subject to approval from Council, one applicant may be selected to further develop and then create their Stolen Generations Marker at the designated site within the City of Yarra.
It is expected that the selected artist will receive approximately $100k to develop and deliver the project.
A Selection Panel will assess the EOIs and then later the Stage Two Concept Designs.
The Selection Panel will include members of the Stolen Generations Marker Steering Group and members of the City of Yarra’s Visual Arts Panel. Additional community members may be co-opted should Council deem this to be required.
About the Project
Yarra City Council acknowledges the Wurundjeri as the Traditional Owners of this country, pays tribute to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Yarra, and gives respect to Elders past and present. Further to this, Council acknowledges the other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who have lived in, worked in and contributed to the cultural heritage of Yarra.
The Stolen Generations refers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples  who were forcibly removed under past racist government policies from family, community, traditional culture and country. The Stolen Generations can also refer to any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples who were placed in care and denied their family, community, traditional culture and country.
Council understands that the meaning behind the Stolen Generations Marker is a sensitive subject, which must be handled with a high level of care, consideration and respect.
The project is expected to be completed in October 2017, to commemorate the 20 year anniversary of the Bringing them Home Report, the 50 year anniversary of the 1967 Referendum and the 25 year anniversary of the landmark Mabo decision.
Yarra City Council hopes to fundraise up to $140k to cover all aspects of the project.
Council has already allocated $25k to commence this project and is seeking further funding through fundraising, grants and philanthropy.
It is expected that the selected artist will receive approximately $100k to develop, fabricate and install the final marker. This will be inclusive of artists’ fees, associated material costs, professional services (e.g. engineering costs), materials (including any protective coating to the work), contractors and installation.
Further details about the budget for the project are available in the Project Brief
Stolen Generations Marker Steering Group
Colin Hunter Jnr, Aboriginal Partnerships Officer/ Wurundjeri Elder, Yarra City Council; John Dommett, Chief Executive Officer, Connecting Home Ltd; Daniel Ducrou, Special Projects Officer, Yarra City Council; Lorina Lovett, Parkies representative, Parkies Inc.; Bev Murray, Program Manager, Link-Up Victoria/VACCA; Karra Rees, Public Arts Officer, Yarra City Council; Ros Sultan, Indigenous Engagement & Training Coordinator, Brotherhood of St Laurence; Jason Tamiru, Development Officer, Yarra City Council; Lisa Zammit, Operations Manager, Connecting Home Ltd.; and Clinton Nain, Visual Artist and Chairperson of the Victorian Wongai Torres Strait Islanders Corporation.
City of Yarra Visual Arts Panel
Kate Bailey, Youth Arts and Events Officer at Moonee Valley City Council; Anne Bennett, Artist and Lecturer in Drawing and Theory in the Bachelor of Illustration, Fairfield Campus, Melbourne Polytechnic; Sean Carroll, Director, Backwoods Gallery; Siu Chan, Unit Manager, Arts, Culture and Venues, City of Yarra; Emma Crimmings, Assistant Director Melbourne, Artbank; Bronek Kozka, Artist and Lecturer, School of Art, RMIT; Mandy Nicholson, Artist and Project Officer at Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages – Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages; Shini Pararajasingham, Founder and Director, Off the Kerb Gallery; and Rebeccah Power, Artist and Arts Educator.
Monday 25 July 2016: Expressions of Interest (EOIs) Now Closed
1 August ―19 September: City of Yarra Community Consultation
Monday 26 September 2016: Expressions of Interest (EOIs) close at midnight.
Wednesday 12 October 2016: Up to five artists invited to proceed to Stage Two: Concept Design
Tuesday 6 December 2016: Stage Two: Concept Designs deadline, closes at midnight.
Friday 23 December 2016: One artist invited to proceed to Stage Three: Commission Creation
23 December 2016―31 January 2017: Design Development Stage
October 2017: City of Yarra Stolen Generations Marker Launch
In addition to your own research, you may wish to explore:
For all enquiries, please contact Karra Rees, Public Arts Officer, on 03 9205 5404 or Karra.Rees@yarracity.vic.gov.au
 Note on terminology: for the purposes of this document all future references to Aboriginal peoples, also includes Torres Strait Islander peoples. We acknowledge that few terms are acceptable to everyone and, as always, we remain open to guidance from community on this issue.
Image: Archie Roach at Smith Street Dreaming 2015 courtesy Neighbourhood Justice Centre.