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South Stradbroke Island Indigenous Artist Camp 2019

"There’s something special about coming here…your spirit gets invigorated. I truly recommend artists to experience this camp! Never stop learning and keep developing your art!"
- Lisa Sorbie Martin, Shifting Sands Artist Camp participant 2016.

Photo of Gordon Hookey

Gordon Hookey,
Reiteration in Perpetuity, 2010

About this opportunity

The South Stradbroke Island Indigenous Artist Camp is a week long program of activity undertaken onsite, where participating artists work with senior practitioners, mentors and industry specialists to explore creative practice including techniques for developing drawing and painting skills, ephemeral, site specific and sculptural work and cross art form collaboration.

The Camp has successfully contributed to the development of the local sector over the past five years, with participants not only increasing their skills and exploring new art forms, but gaining new networks and professional opportunities. The Camp culminates in a public presentation of the work developed.

The Camp will be held from 29 April to 3 May 2019. This year, the Camp will also include an additional opportunity for previous Camp alumni to apply to return as mentors to the 2019 cohort.

Developed by the City of Gold Coast, the Artist Camp is part of a key action for the City’s Culture Strategy 2023 that values and supports the elevation and promotion of local Indigenous artist development.

2019 Lead Artist and Mentor – Gordon Hookey

Gordon Hookey belongs to the Waanyi people and locates his art at the interface where Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultures converge. He currently resides and works in Brisbane.

Hookey's work combines figurative characters, iconic symbols, bold comic-like text, and a spectrum of vibrant colours. Through this idiosyncratic visual language he has developed a unique and immediately recognisable style. Hookey’s perspective comes from a divergent, activist positioning – his work challenges hierarchies, skewering the status and integrity of the ‘elite’, while working to bolster the position of the marginalised and oppressed. He states: "Painting is like a waltz, sculpture is like heavy metal: sculpture is more active and physical, it enables me to get my hands dirty."

His work is held in major collections within Australia including QAGOMA and UQ Art Museum Brisbane, Art Gallery of Western Australia in Perth, National Gallery of Australia and Australian National University in Canberra, National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, University of Technology in Sydney and a number of significant private collections. Hookey is a core member of Brisbane-based Indigenous collective proppaNOW.

Learn more about Gordon Hockey.

Key Dates

Date Action
Wednesday 30 January Applications close
Friday 15 February Notification of outcome of application
February | March – date TBC Pre-artist camp gathering
April 29 - 3 May 2019 Artist Camp
August | September – date TBC Public presentation of outcomes

Who should apply?

New* applicants - Artists

This opportunity is for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artists, based on the Gold Coast. Artists residing outside of the Gold Coast who are able to demonstrate a significant connection and/or contribution to the Gold Coast arts industry may also be considered. Positions are limited and will be selected by a panel of industry peers.

Please note: Previous participants that have attended less than three camps are welcome to apply, however consideration will be given to first time participants.

Alumni – Mentors

Artists that have attended three or more camps previously are not eligible to apply to attend the Camp as a participating artist but may apply as alumni to be a mentor to the 2019 cohort. There will be two mentor positions available in 2019. The positions offer a unique opportunity to support and guide the 2019 cohort sharing insights and learning from previous camps while continuing to develop your own leadership skills and individual practice.

Please contact us to discuss any questions you have prior to applying.

What to expect

Successful applicants are required to commit to a five-day intensive week on South Stradbroke Island focusing on a range of art making processes. The week will include practical workshops, group discussions and individual tutoring. You will be working individually and in small groups and there will be varied levels of physical activity.

All travel, food and accommodation is provided including water transport to and from the island (if you have limitations around walking or physical activity, we can discuss your requirements and look at ways to support you). Participants will be provided a small fee to cover additional costs.

Eligibility and selection criteria

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • be able to demonstrate a significant connection to the Gold Coast (resident here, actively contributing to the sector)
  • be a permanent resident or Australian citizen
  • have an ABN.

Reminder: Artists that have attended three or more camps previously are not eligible to apply to attend the Camp as a participating artist but may apply as alumni to be a mentor to the 2019 cohort. There will be two mentor positions available in 2019.

Note: As the City of Gold Coast is a local Government authority, artists residing outside of the Gold Coast are required to gain support from their own local government authority or community organisation to assist with participation. Please contact us to discuss any questions you have prior to applying.


Selection criteria

Applicants must:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to creating original artworks and expanding your practice.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to work both collaboratively and individually.
  • Articulate the relevance of the current stage of your career to this program.
  • Demonstrate potential to contribute to ongoing expansion of the Gold Coast creative sector.
  • Commit to participating in the full program.

How to apply

  1. Download and read the South Stradbroke Island Artist Camp 2019 guidelines (PDF 93kb)
  2. Check your eligibility
  3. Apply online through SmartGrants

Applications must be submitted to the SmartyGrants portal by midnight AEST on Wednesday 30 January 2019.

Preview a PDF version of the South Stradbroke Island Indigenous Artist Camp application form (PDF 325kb)


All enquiries to:

Jo-Anne Driessens
Senior Arts and Culture Program Officer
Arts and Culture | Lifestyle and Community
City of Gold Coast
Phone: 07 5581 7138
Email: jdriessens@goldcoast.qld.gov.au
PO Box 5042 Gold Coast MC Qld 9726

Sam Creyton
Arts and Culture Program Lead – Sector Development
Arts and Culture | Lifestyle and Community
City of Gold Coast
Phone: 07 5582 9220 | 0466 954 759
Email: scyreton@goldcoast.qld.gov.au
PO Box 5042 Gold Coast MC Qld 9726

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