Expression of Interest for a Kabi Kabi First Nations’ Artist

Noosa Library Service is seeking an image (new or existing) created by a Kabi Kabi First Nations’ artist to be used in the collateral materials that will be created as part of the 50th birthday celebrations.

Showcasing a Kabi Kabi image on the Library Service’s 50th birthday memorabilia will provide an opportunity for the Library Service to show our respect to the traditional custodians of the land.  It will acknowledge the important connection of our traditional custodians to country and raise awareness that the Noosa Library Service branches are located on Kabi Kabi traditional lands.

The theme of community, connection, learning or storytelling has been chosen as these have strong First Nation’s links that are central to libraries as well.  Noosa Library Service aspires to promote the importance of First Nation’s peoples’ knowledge and cultures to the diverse Noosa community and beyond.

Background Information

The first library in Noosa Shire was opened on the 1 December 1973, on Moorindil Street in Tewantin. In 1983, the library relocated to the Noosa Council building on Pelican Street, Tewantin. In December 1993, the library moved to a building designed by architect Maurice Hurst in Wallace Park, Noosaville. In May 2010, a second branch was opened in Cooroy.

The library service consists of branches at Noosaville and Cooroy, a Mobile Library, two self-service kiosks and an expansive eLibrary.

Noosa Library Service aims to:

  • Enrich the social fabric of our community
  • Encourage and facilitate lifelong learning
  • Provide free recreational and educational resources in a diverse array of formats
  • Foster a welcoming, non-commercial space in which people can relax and connect with each other
  • Endeavour to meet a need for every member of our community
  • Provide people with skills and resources to solve problems
  • Embody the true nature of a democratic and equitable society
  • Preserve and promote our local culture and heritage
  • Support Council in the achievement of its corporate goals

In 2023, Noosa Library Service will be celebrating being an essential community asset at the heart of the shire for 50 years with activities throughout the year and an anniversary celebration in December.

Details of Project

  1. Technical requirements

The image is required to:

  • Be 2D (e.g. painting, drawing, printmaking, photograph, digital illustration, collage)
  • Represent or respond to the theme of community, connection, learning or storytelling.
  • Be able to be used in its entirety or a section or details used as a feature. If a section is selected to be used as a feature detail, the artist will be consulted. Once the image is supplied by the Artist, Council will be undertaking additional graphic design i.e. To create a cohesive graphic combining the image with words about 50 Years of Noosa Library Service and Noosa Council/Noosa Library Service logos. 
  1. Use of the image
  • The image will be non-acquisitive, (Council will not acquire the artwork). Artist will supply the image for use by Council only as outlined in this Expression of Interest and which will be formalised in an Artist Agreement.
  • The image will be reproduced on 500 x library bags and 3,000 x membership cards. The image will also be used in other marketing and collateral materials such as posters, flyers, brochures, bookmarks, postcards etc and on Noosa Council and Noosa Library Service digital platforms (e.g. websites) and social media. 
  1. Copyright and Acknowledgement
  • A bio of the Artist, the story of the image, and how it relates to the theme will also be presented on digital platforms.
  • The Artist will be acknowledged on the library bags and library cards and for all other uses where practicable by means of this Statement – Artwork courtesy of XXXX.
  1. Fee
  • The Artist Fee will be $2,500 ex GST for the image. This Fee is inclusive of artist’s fees, licensing, and all other costs of the artist associated with the project.

Library Bag Details

Amount: 500 bags
Colour: Natural cotton fabric finish
Dimensions: 420mmH x 370mmW x 90mmGusset; Handles Length – 590mm
Print Area: 250mm x 250mm

Membership Card Details

Amount: 3000 cards
PVC Type: White PVC
Size: L 85.47 mm / W 53.92 mm
Thickness: 0.08 mm

Library Card Front
Library Card Back

Submission requirements:

  • Provide up to 5 (maximum) images either by email or post.
  • Images provided by email should be between 1-2 megabyte (maximum) and 300 DPI per image *Do not send images larger than 2 MB (send all examples of work in one email)
  • Images provided by post should be printed copies or photos of artworks and be no larger than 8 x 10 inches. Do not send original artworks. Only copies or photographs of artworks will be accepted.
  • Artist Statement – submissions should be accompanied by a short supporting Artist Statement of up to 500 words (maximum). Background information on how the artist identifies as being of Kabi Kabi heritage is required as part of the Artist Statement.
  • Contemporary or traditional images are acceptable.
  • Deadline: Submissions close Friday 3 March 2023. No submission extensions will be granted.
  • Successful submission: All submissions will be reviewed by a Panel of Judges. The successful artist will be notified via email and phone and announced on Noosa Council’s social media platforms.

How to lodge your submission:

  • Submit application with clearly marked contact details.
  • Please note: submissions will not be returned to the artist.

Send submission to Tracey King, Acting Libraries and Galleries Manager

Send submission to Tracey King, Acting Libraries and Galleries Manager
PO Box 141, Tewantin QLD 4565

Terms and Conditions

  • The $2,500 will be paid to the artist upon acceptance of the image.