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South Stradbroke Island Indigenous Artist Camp 2017

Please note: this opportunity is now closed.

"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.

About this opportunity

Are you a Gold Coast based Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artist wanting to take the next step in your arts practice?

The annual South Stradbroke Island Indigenous Artist Camp has successfully contributed to the development of the local sector over the past three years, with participants not only increasing their skills and exploring new art forms, but gaining new networks and professional opportunities. The City is pleased to announce that there will be another opportunity for local Indigenous artists to participate in 2017.

Judy Watson, mentor artist for 2017 camp

The mentor artist for the 2017 camp is internationally acclaimed artist Judy Watson. Her work is represented in national, state and international public and private collections and she represented Australia at the 1997 Venice Biennale. She has participated in and led many artist camps and was one of the judges from the 2012 Gold Coast Indigenous Art and Design Awards.

The 2017 camp will explore techniques for developing ephemeral, site specific and sculptural work encouraging cross art form collaboration. One of the outcomes of the 2017 camp will be the development of outdoor site specific work for possible inclusion in the GC2018 Commonwealth Games Arts and Culture festival

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

Works created during the camp will be selected and exhibited at Gold Coast City Gallery, performed in The Arts Centre Gold Coast or presented as temporal installation within the parkland to complement existing programs and provide promotional opportunities for the artists.

Who should apply?

This opportunity is for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artist, based on the Gold Coast. If you are residing outside of the Gold Coast and are able to demonstrate your contribution to the Gold Coast arts industry then this opportunity could be for you.

Positions are limited and will be selected by a panel of industry peers, all interested artists are required to complete the Expression of Interest by Monday12 December, midnight AEST.

What to expect

Successful applicants are required to commit to a 5 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.

Key dates

  • application closing date Monday 12 December 2016
  • pre-artist camp gathering at The Arts Centre Gold Coast to meet your mentor and other participants, February date TBA
  • artist camp dates: 20-24 March 2017
  • be contactable post camp for exhibition concept development
  • exhibition outcome September/October.

To apply

  • check your eligibility
  • complete the application form
  • attach your CV (2 page maximum)
  • submit 3-5 images of your work (refer to the submission guidelines)
  • applications must be received at by midnight AEST on 12 December 2016
  • or City of Gold Coast, Arts and Culture, level 4, Waterside West building, Holden Place, Bundall Qld, 4217 COB.

Submission of image guidelines

  • provide 3-5 images of your most recent work (JPEG or PDF format only and no larger than 1.5MB each)
  • or hand deliver print out copies to office (see address).


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

Selection Criteria

  • a demonstrated commitment to creating original artworks and expanding your practice
  • a demonstrated willingness to work both collaboratively and individually
  • relevance of current stage of career to this program
  • potential for artist to contribute to ongoing expansion on the Gold Coast
  • ability to commit to fully participating in the program
  • please note: previous participants are welcome to apply, however consideration will be given to first time participants.

All enquiries to:

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

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