Expressions of interest sought from artists to establish Far North Queensland arts trail

24 September 2021

Expressions of Interest are currently being sought from an artist or consortium of artists to work with communities in the Far North' to establish a new art trail that will become a drive tourism drawcard.

The Savannah Way Art Trail will be project managed by CQUniversity with funding provided by Arts Queensland's Regional Arts Services Network and Regional Arts Development Fund; the Year of Outback Tourism Events Program through Department of Premier and Cabinet; and the Monsoon Trough fund through the Department of Communities' Housing and Digital Economy.

The project aims to engage an artist or consortium of artists who will work with six communities along the Savannah Way to create geographically and culturally significant permanent public art pieces.

Project Manager of the Savannah Way Art Trail' Patty Preece' from CQUniversity said that the project aims to engage Far North communities through the delivery of art that will help to enhance visitor experiences along Queensland's section of the Savannah Way.

'The vision for the Savannah Way Art Trail in Far North Queensland is a series of six cohesive' large-scale permanent feature artworks in Georgetown' Croydon' Normanton' Karumba' Burketown and Doomadgee.

'Through collaborative and consultative processes driven by residents' arts communities and councils' the unique local identity of the six townships will be reflected in each installation and curated to connect the towns to the narrative through theme and/or materials.

'The artworks will celebrate the beauty and unique characters of these communities and attract more cultural tourists to the region' which we hope will result in positive social and economic outcomes for the communities'' said Ms Preece.

Along with project managing the activity' CQUniversity will also undertake a research project to identify the benefits and impacts of artistic and cultural development activities in regional and remote communities.

Expressions of Interest are open until 8 October 2021. Artists seeking more information about the project and the submission process should visit or contact Patty Preece at