The Brisbane City Council is inviting expressions of interest from suitably qualified artists to create a site-responsive artwork installation on The Platform.

The Platform is a 2.4 metre by 2.4 metre low plinth with hold-down points and lights,  and is able to accommodate a two-tonne load. It is located adjacent to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha Visitor Information Centre, embedded within a native-species garden.

The Platform is made from charcoal-coloured concrete and is designed as a subdued piece of infrastructure to ensure that focus is on the gardens and the installed artworks;  yet, as a stand-alone structure, it still looks attractive. 

 “Remainders 20 & 21”  artwork at the The Platform
“Remainders 20 & 21”
Photo credit: Urban Fountains and Furniture / urbanff.com.au

Previous artwork installations were “Remainders 20 & 21,” by acclaimed Australian artist Jamie North, and “Large Arcs,” by Melbourne-based artist and designer Anna Varendorff.

Current commissioned artwork, which will be on display from July 2019 to June 2020, is titled “Gone to Seed” by Stuart Green. 

“Gone to Seed”  artwork at the The Platform
“Gone to Seed”
Photo credit: Brisbane City Council / brisbane.qld.gov.au

Commissioned artwork remain on display on the Platform for 12 months before being relocated and installed permanently within the gardens. 

Artists are, however, invited to work with the Council in considering a suitable site within the gardens where their work would be located permanently.

To commission a new artwork for the Platform, the Council released expression of interest (EOI) on 26 August 2019. For the artwork to be assessed, interested artists must submit an EOI through the Council’s website, no later than 12 noon on 23 September 2019. 

Required documentation:

  • artist CV
  • artist bio (max. 200 words)
  • written response to the artwork brief outlining your conceptual approach to the commission and how it relates to your practice (max. 500 words)
  • Five (5) images of relevant previous work (max. 1MB per image).

For more information, email The Platform or contact the Council on 07 3403 8888.