Friday, 04 March 2016 09:39

Aboriginal Cultural Rights - opportunity for artists and designers

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is calling for expressions of interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and graphic designers.

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Aboriginal Cultural Rights

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is developing a range of educational resources related to the protection of Aboriginal cultural rights in Victoria's Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities (the Charter).

The Commission is inviting artists and designers to submit proposals for artwork to be used in branding for the resources.

The Commission is seeking expressions of interest from:

  • Artists to supply a piece of original artwork that is adaptable for use in a variety of settings, including a website, posters, brochures, cards and other associated materials. The artwork, or part of it, should be suitable for use as a logo for the project
  • Graphic Designers to design the printed materials for the project, using the aforementioned artwork as a motif/logo.

We will also accept proposals from graphic designers who would like to provide their own artwork to be used as the basis for the design.

What we are after

The project aims to effectively engage the Victorian Aboriginal community to increase awareness, understanding and use of section 19(2) of the Charter, which states that:

Aboriginal persons hold distinct cultural rights and must not be denied the right, with other members of their community—
(a) to enjoy their identity and culture; and
(b) to maintain and use their language; and
(c) to maintain their kinship ties; and
(d) to maintain their distinctive spiritual, material and economic relationship with the land and waters and other resources with which they have a connection under traditional laws and customs.

To do this, the Commission is seeking artwork that:

  • reflects the importance of identity and culture for the Victorian Aboriginal community
  • ensures the project resources (including the website) reach and effectively engage their target audiences, particularly the Victorian Aboriginal community
  • creates a unique, consistent and recognisable brand for the project.

How to apply

Applications close Sunday 20 March 2016.

To submit a proposal or completed artwork, please contact Patrick O’Brien, Senior Communications Adviser, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, and include the following items:

  • CV
  • folio of your work

Artists please also include:

  • an existing piece of artwork or a written proposal 
    • your existing artwork can be provided in a variety of digital formats such as .jpg, .psd, .eps, .pdf. If the file is larger than 2MB, please use an online file-sharing service such as Dropbox
      Please note: Low-resolution artwork will be acceptable at this early stage, but any final art that is chosen for the project will need to be at a high resolution to allow for printing and reproduction in a range of formats
    • written proposals should include a description of what the proposed artwork would consist of, including descriptions of graphical elements and colour scheme ideas. Written proposals can include attachments of other artworks to help illustrate the proposal.
      Please note: If you propose to produce artwork specifically for this project, we would prefer the final art to be provided within two weeks from the date the Commission notifies you that we accept your proposal. This timeframe is negotiable, but indicative of our deadlines for this project.
  • a quote for your proposed work.

Designers please also include:

  • a quote (including provisions for two rounds of corrections/amendments) for the design of
    • 2 x A3 posters
    • 1 x 6pp DL brochure
    • 1 x wallet-sized information card on section 19(2) of the Charter


The Commission has a set budget for the artwork, design and printing of these resources. We are aiming to keep costs for the artwork and the graphic design at around $1000 each. This figure should be used as a guide only, as we will consider the amount negotiable dependent on the quality of the proposals and the competitiveness of the quotes provided.


Closing date for submissions: Sunday 20 March 2016
All applicants to be advised of outcome by: Wednesday 23 March 2016
Finished artwork to be provided before: Wednesday 6 April 2016

Further information

For more information about the project contact Patrick O’Brien, ph: (03) 9032 3441.

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