NGURRAK BARRING Land Art Commission / Calls & Submissions

April 5, 2023

Organization Name: Yarra Ranges Council

Organization Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Type: Calls & Submissions

Fee: Free


Expressions of Interest are now open!

Yarra Ranges Council is seeking Expressions of Interest from multidisciplinary teams of local, national or international artists to design, supply and install a large-scale land artwork at Kalorama Park, located within the Dandenong Ranges, Victoria, Australia. This major public art commission, located close to the highest point of the Dandenong Ranges, will create an iconic marker for the area, viewable from a range of distances and perspectives.

The Kalorama Park land artwork will be a large-scale, site-specific work, creating a unique and remarkable destination for local residents and visitors to ngurrak barring. The artwork will complement the form and character of the site and its surrounds and convey a concept that is deeply considered and reflective of the environment and cultural and historical context of the immediate area and/or the wider Dandenong Ranges. As a land artwork, it will be integrated with the landscape and must be made using natural or mostly natural materials. It should reflect the ngurrak barring (also referred to as RidgeWalk) Vision, particularly by being environmentally responsive.


Occurring across 39 kilometres of walking track, ngurrak barring invites us to explore the natural wonders, rich histories and cultural offerings of the region. The track leads through forests of towering mountain ash and rich understoreys, passes through townships and emerges to panoramic views of Melbourne. Public art, architectural nodes, heritage interpretation and digital platforms, as well as a program of temporary exhibitions and performances will be discovered across the track.

Some of Australia’s most significant artists, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, have drawn inspiration from the Dandenong Ranges, and the region continues to thrive as a creative hub. Ngurrak barring examines the human relationship to place, from First Nations people’s connection to Country, to shared contemporary experiences.

Ngurrak barring is one of the three Ridges and Rivers projects, including the Yarra Valley Trail and the Warburton Mountain Bike Destination.
Respondents should include the following material in their submission:

A current CV

A short, written or verbal (video) response to the Artist Brief. This should highlight the artist’s/creative team members’ experience and skills relevant to the selection criteria in Stage 1 (see EOI doc). It may also include the artist’s/creative team’s experience relevant to their intended approach to the project.

Details of the legal structure under which the artist/creative team is working (e.g., sole trader, company, incorporated association etc.).

Tailored portfolio of examples of relevant past works (up to 7 for each key team member).

Submissions are to be limited to the content outlined above and should only include information relevant to this project.
All submitted material will be retained by Yarra Ranges Council and submissions are to be made via the E-tendering portal in accordance with the Lodgement information in the EOI document.

Artist teams will be paid a fee to develop a concept as part of Stage 2 selection.

Expressions of Interest close 5 April 2023

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