Kinetic Artwork Competition

About the project

Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) has partnered with Telstra to create one of the largest public art projects in regional Australia.

Dubbo Regional Council, as part of the ‘Destination Dubbo – International Ready’ tourism product development project will Will reinvigorate the Old Dubbo Gaol Plaza to increase event capacity, provide a space for the community to spend time as well as integrate a large-scale public artwork, acknowledging the location as pivotal to community connectivity throughout Dubbo's history. One block from the Macquarie River and in the centre of the main street, the artwork will acknowledge the importance of the river as an integral communication tool to First Nations Peoples from the beginning of time, modern history has added the post office, court house, telephone and data exchange as crucial to community connectivity and communication.

This artwork is part of the $13million “Destination Dubbo – International Ready” project funded by the NSW Government and Dubbo Regional Council.

The artwork aims to create an engaging, interactive space for people passing by. The artwork will be seen from various angles by people walking down the main street (Macquarie Street), as well as from inside the ODG. The overall Destination Dubbo project has a strong emphasis on Indigenous culture and education. Below is a fly-through video which should provide an overview of the precinct development.

Competition overview

This is a two-stage, open, national competition for professional artists.

The opportunity exists as a First Nations public art commission. All applicants must be Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and Artists from Wiradjuri Country are strongly encouraged to apply.

In the context of this project and completion, Dubbo Regional Council defines ‘Professional Artists' as:

  • has specialized artistic training (not necessarily in academic institutions),
  • is recognized as a professional by their peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition),
  • has a history of public exhibitions,
  • has produced an independent body of work.

The theme for this Project is

“Community Country Connection – Finding Common Ground”

The site of the artwork is located at a unique intersection of historical and contemporary narratives around communication, justice, punishment and community milestones. The artwork will be located within the plaza, sitting in front of two walls of the Telecommunications Exchange owned and operated by Telstra and will overlook the original General Post Office, Old Dubbo Gaol and a new community precinct on the site of the original courthouse and lockup.

Total Artwork Dimensions:-

Wall: (H) 10.8m x (W) 20.9m

Wall: (H) 10.8m x (W) 13m

Note: Artwork will start approximately 4.5m above ground level. All measurements are approximate.

To enter the competition, artists are required to make an EOI submission. As part of this submission, artists are required to upload;

  • A current CV and Short Bio
  • Up to three examples of relevant permanent artworks in the public domain (if applicable)
  • Up to three examples of artworks shown in exhibitions in the last ten years
  • A statement of experience in community engagement and/or willingness to engage with the local Dubbo community
  • An artist statement and/or concept plan for the proposed work

Artists are also required to create a written response to the artwork opportunity of no more than 2000 words, including the consideration of the following questions:

  1. How do you wish to explore the theme of “Community Country Connection – Finding Common Ground”
  2. What value do you see in the conditions of the site and its ability to support your proposed concept?
  3. How do you see the role of Public art to help communities find ‘Common Ground’

Artists should also include a statement around community engagement and consultation that would be required in Stage Two Concept Design.

Dubbo Regional Council has engaged Urban Art Projects (UAP) to manage the fabrication, construction and installation of the final work. The successful artist will be working with UAP to take their concept design and plan to construction stage and UAP will be responsible for working with the artist to manufacture the components of the artwork to ensure the artist’s vision is realised and the work meets engineering requirements.

The Expression of Interest (EOI) is weighted towards applicants providing a strong written response to the EOI brief including but not limited to, engagement with local community + WIradjuri narrative, connection to the Curatorial Theme and overall understanding of Dubbo’s objective for the public artwork within the Old Gaol precinct. Developed artwork, renders and visualisations are not required for the EOI submission.

UAP will support artists throughout Stage 2 design and technical delivery of the artwork, artists are required to be available to oversee the design and collaborate with UAP but not required to have public artwork design/ delivery knowledge.

Dubbo Regional Council encourages artists of varying levels of technical abilities to apply. Wiradjuri artists and Wiradjuri cultural knowledge experts are encouraged to apply.

terms and conditions

You must read and agree to the Terms & Conditions (Ts&Cs) of the competition before submitting your entry:

  • Submissions must be received by 5pm 31 January 2021. Late entries will not be accepted. Details on the entry forms will not be altered once received.
  • Submissions will only be accepted through the approved submissions forms. These forms can be found online at Online submissions and handwritten/typed submissions (using the downloadable submission form) are the only approved submission forms.
  • Maximum of one entry per person.
  • All proposals must be of original work, not previously exhibited or displayed in any format. They must be an original idea and with no existing copyright or intellectual property rights owned or claimed by another party.
  • Submitters agree that the Dubbo Regional Council reserves the right to reproduce work (in part or whole) in print, film or digital format for promotion, education and documentation in association with competition.
  • A commissioning contract will be developed with the successful artist, outlining all terms and conditions of the design, development, construction, installation and ongoing management of final artwork.
  • All entries will be judged. The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • Failure to comply with the conditions of entry or failure to include any element of the submission will result in the entrant forfeiting their right to enter the competition.


Before completing the entry form below, make sure you read the Artist Brief first so you know what the judges are looking for. To download the Artist Brief, enter your details below.

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If you would rather download a copy of the EOI form, please click here.

Kinetic Art Competition Entry Form

Please fill in the below form to be in the running for the Kinetic Art Competition.

Applicant Response to EOI [Summary of Approach – 2000 words or less]
Written response to the artwork opportunity including the consideration of the following:

1. How do you wish to explore the theme of "Community Country Connection - Finding Common Ground?"

2. What value do you see in the conditions of the site and its ability to support your proposed concept?

3. How do you see the role of public art to help communities find "Common Ground"

Applicant Response to Community Engagement [250 words or less]

A statement of experience in community engagement and/or willingness to engage with local Dubbo community. Please outline any previous experience in conducting First Nations stakeholder consultation, including relevant project details and processes in ensuring a successful outcome. It is not necessary to complete the engagement in this phase.


The short-listed artists will be required to actively contribute and collaborate with UAP during:

  • Concept Design Friday 26 February - Friday 23 April 2021.

Artists will be required to be available and easily contactable during this period.

Willingness to Collaborate with UAP

Urban Arts Projects will work with the selected artists to develop concept design, design development. Urban Arts Projects are the head contractor and are responsible for project management, fabrication, installation, site works, and handover.
Supporting documentation:
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Frequently asked questions

What is the theme of the artwork?

Community, Country, Connection: Finding Common Ground.

What is the prize money/ artist fees for the winning artist?

Artist fees for this project are inclusive of the following:

$5,000                Concept Design for up to 3 shortlisted artists.

$10,000              Design Development for selected final artist.

$50,000              Commissioning fee for selected final artist

$25,000              First place prize money.

Will my travel costs be covered?

Costs associated with site visits (accommodation/travel/per-dieums) are not included in the artist’s fee and depending of place of origin of the artist up to three (3) site visits have been budgeted in the project development budget.

Are there any copyright provisions?

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artists will retain artistic control and ownership of their Intellectual Property, in line with the Australia Council for the Art’s Protocols for using First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts and Protocols for producing Indigenous Australian visual arts. The successful artist will grant Dubbo Regional Council the royalty free right and licenses to exhibit the work in public and to reproduce the work in non-commercial formats.

What are the key dates, including cutoff times?

Competition Open Date:             10 December, 2020

Competition Close Date:             31 January, 2021

Artist Shortlist Announced:         3 successful applications notified 25 February, 2021.

Artists workshops:                        TBA March – April 2021

Final Selection Panel Review:      23 April, 2021

Finalist Announced:                      4 May, 2021

Installation:                                   January / February 2022

Construction Begins May 2021

Installation January / February 2022

Who will be judging the entries?

•          Wiradjuri Technical Advisory Panel / Dubbo Aboriginal Community Working Party

•          Department of Premier & Cabinet / Department of Regional NSW

•          Dubbo Regional Council - Councillor / Mayor

•          Senior Curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Art Gallery of NSW

•          Telstra, Senior Specialist, Indigenous Affairs, Sustainability, External Affairs & Legal (SEAL)

•          Cultural Development Coordinator, Regional Experiences, Dubbo Regional Council

•          Chair, City of Sydney Public Art Board



Last Edited: 19 Jan 2021

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