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First Peoples Art Wall Commission: Call for Expressions of Interest (EOIs)

Expressions of interest are sought from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to design a new permanent art wall on Clayton campus at the high-profile entry to the Faculty of Information Technology. The selected artist/s will work with Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) to turn their creative concept into a wall treatment integrated into the building’s new architecture.

All EOI submissions should be responsive to Country/Place and state how consideration and respect will be given to Traditional Owners’ cultural rights and custodianship. Please refer to the key principles articulated in the Indigenous Design Charter.

Artists might also like to consider how information technology can be enhanced/improved with Indigenous knowledges, as well as how such knowledges benefit the broader University. Visit the Faculty of Information Technology and FIT: Interdisciplinary vehicle for social good.

The First Peoples Art Wall Commission is an initiative of Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA and Monash Faculty of Information Technology for Monash University Clayton.

Wall Specifications

The wall is 12 metres in length and 3.5 metres in height and includes internal and outdoor sections. See plan elevation.

EOI Instructions

Submit your EOI online by 24 September 2021 5pm (AEST). If you have a google/gmail account, please use the google form link here to provide:

  • A short, written concept for the wall and how it engages Indigenous knowledges, the process of deep listening and the respectful sharing of knowledge (2000 characters/400 words max.)
  • A visual schematic of how the art work might look on the wall and indicative information about how it might be produced, e.g. painted, printed, mosaic/tile, other wall relief treatment, etc. (1 image, 100MB max.)
  • A short artist biography (800 characters/200 words max.)

Artist/s can submit one design only which must be copyright of the artist/s (collaborators are welcome to apply).

Alternatively, if you do not have a google/gmail account, and/or have trouble accessing the application link above, you can also submit EOIs in any format via muma@monash.edu. Please email or call 03 9905 4217 to discuss any aspect of this EOI call out.

Assessment Process

Submissions will be reviewed by members of MUMA’s Indigenous Reference Group working with MUMA’s Director, along with the Dean and representatives from the Monash Faculty of Information Technology.

The First Peoples Art Wall Commission will join a collection of over thirty public art projects across Monash’s campuses produced over sixty years by artists including Megan Cope, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Ronnie van Hout, Callum Morton, John Perceval and Renee So. Find out more about Monash public art projects.

Monash University Clayton campus is built on the lands of the Kulin Nations whose Traditional Owners continue to maintain deep connections to their Country, kin and waterways that have existed for tens of thousands of years. Today, the Clayton campus hosts over 70,000 students and is the largest of Monash University's campuses. Featuring a range of innovative architecture alongside an Indigenous Garden, this campus is also home to the William Cooper Institute and the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre.

We acknowledge the people of the Kulin Nations on whose Country the campuses of Monash University are located. We pay our respect to Traditional Owners and Elders, past, present and emerging, and acknowledge Aboriginal connection to material and creative practice on these lands for more than 60,000 years.