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Indigenous retail opportunity 2016

About this opportunity

Are you a Gold Coast based Indigenous artist who would like to have your work included in a world class range of locally made product?

A key outcome from the Indigenous Arts and Culture Forum 2014 was the desire from the local community to develop an authentically Indigenous Gold Coast retail label.

This pilot range of products is the first step in creating this label. Creative agency, Independent Arts Management (iAM - developers of the successful Girringun range) will work with a group of Gold Coast Indigenous artists to select artworks and design products for a unique Gold Coast Indigenous product range.

The name, look and feel of the brand will be developed by the participating artists in collaboration with iAM.

We are looking for up to six artists to participate in this retail development program. Artists do not require prior experience in product creation to be eligible to apply.

Who should apply?

This opportunity is for all Gold Coast Indigenous artists. Some experience in working to a brief is preferable but not essential.

What to expect

Successful applicants will work with the creative agency, iAM, to workshop ideas for the sample product range and use of their artwork on the product.

Successful applicants will be required to attend two product development workshops and subsequent meetings to evaluate prototypes and determine distribution/marketing.

Successful artists will receive:

  • A negotiated commission to either develop new work or refine existing work to a brief.
  • The opportunity to participate in professional development workshops about product range development, marketing and sales.
  • Ongoing licensing fees from the sale of product.
  • The artist will retain all copyright of the original artwork.

Key dates

  • Information session: Wednesday 4 May at 5.30pm in The Lounge, The Arts Centre Gold Coast.
  • Applications close: Midnight on Wednesday 18 May.
  • Notification of outcomes to all applicants: Friday 27 May.
  • First workshop (introduction session): Thursday 9 June from 10am to 11am, The Arts Centre Gold Coast.
  • Second workshop: Thursday 16 June from 3pm to 6pm, The Arts Centre Gold Coast.
  • Third workshop: Tuesday 28 June from 9.30am to 12.30pm. The Arts Centre Gold Coast.

Ongoing meetings will be called on an as needs basis.

To apply

  • Complete the application form.
  • Attach your CV (two page maximum).
  • Submit up to five images of your work (refer to the submission of images guidelines).
  • Applications must be received at by midnight AEST on Wednesday 18 May 2016.

Submission of images guidelines

  • Please select images that show pattern, colour, traditional or contemporary design elements.
  • Please submit images in jpg or pdf format no larger than 1.5mb each for consideration, photos or originals are fine at this stage.


  • Applicants must identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
  • Must demonstrate a significant connection to the Gold Coast (resident here, actively contributing to the sector here on the Gold Coast.)
  • Must be a permanent resident or Australian citizen.

Selection criteria

  • A demonstrated capacity to create original artworks.
  • A demonstrated history of professional practice and ability to collaborate.
  • Suitability of work to translate into retail products.

Selection process

  • The applications will be assessed by a panel with representatives from City of Gold Coast, iAM and industry experts (including Indigenous representation).
  • Participants will be selected based on their application and suitability of their work.

All enquiries to:

Jo-Anne Driessens
Arts and Culture
Economic Development
City of Gold Coast
PO Box 5042 Gold Coast MC QLD 9726
Phone: 07 5581 7138

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