In 2019 we were engaged by the Moreton Bay Regional Council to develop an overarching Artwork Opportunities and Strategy Report to inform the future commissioning of public art for The Mill at Moreton Bay Priority Development Area.
The objectives of public art were to commission temporary and permanent public artworks that:
- acknowledge, uphold and reflect the prior and ongoing connection to country of local Traditional Custodians – the Kabi Kabi First Nation Traditional Owners Native Title Claim Group (‘Kabi Kabi Claimaints’)
- reflect Council’s commitment to local environmental values and careful management of the site
- demonstrate high quality and innovative public art which activates the site by day and night and contributes to ongoing engagement with the university population further the region/precinct’s connection to paper making through artwork which reflects its historical, contemporary and future contribution to society
- trans/multi-disciplinary approach to art making through collaborations between practitioners from the arts, science, climatology, technology, built environment, and engineering disciplines to realise new public art practices and forms.
We developed four curatorial themes for the strategy: Caring For Country – Riparian Zones, The (Next) Mill (Ennium): Game Changing Innovation, Gathering Through Time and Place, and The Outdoor Pharmacy and identified a range of innovative artwork opportunities for short, medium and long term implementation.