SING Australia Artwork

Call for Expressions of Interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists for Summer Internship for Indigenous Peoples in Genomics (SING) Australia logo design

The background and purpose of the artwork:

Summer Internship for Indigenous Peoples in Genomics (SING) Australia is an initiative for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander postgraduate students, researchers and professionals interested in genomics in science and society. Genomics, the study of genomes or the complete set of DNA belonging to an individual or group, is a powerful tool with applications in diverse fields such as healthcare, ancestry and family relationships, forensics and provenancing, biodiversity and conservation. Genomic research has the potential to bring benefits to Indigenous people and communities, but also has the potential to cause harm. Despite this importance, Indigenous people are currently underrepresented in the field of genetics and genomics, particularly in Australia. The aim of SING Australia is to develop and support the next generation of Indigenous researchers and professionals in Australia to ensure that future genomic research is ethical and inclusive.

The aims for SING Australia are:

  1. Provide spaces for Indigenous individuals and communities to expand technical and contextual knowledge about genomic research;
  2. Strengthen capacity for Indigenous students and researchers in genomics and related disciplines, including bioethics and science and technology studies (STS);
  3. Facilitate conversations on how Indigenous knowledge and culture can and should impact on genomic research;
  4. Build a SING network and web interface to facilitate communication and support surrounding genomics issues;
  5. Continue conversations about best practices for Indigenous genomics in Australia.

SING Australia’s core offering is a week-long residential workshop for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants covering genomics theory, technical and laboratory skills, ethical and social implications of genomic research and the benefits and risks of genomics for Indigenous peoples. This workshop was based on a successful model originally developed in the United States and previously adapted to Canada and Aotearoa New Zealand.

The first SING Australia workshop was held on 10-16 November 2019 at the Deakin University Waurn Ponds campus situated on Wadawurrung Country in Geelong, Victoria. A second SING workshop is currently planned for 8-12 February 2021 at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute on Turrbul and Jagera Country in Brisbane, Queensland. SING Australia participants and faculty form part of a community and network to facilitate communication and support surrounding genomics issues and to start conversations about best practices for genomics research in Australia.

The SING Australia Organising Committee is currently seeking Expressions of Interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait artists for a commission to design and create a SING Australia artwork. The artwork produced would be used as a logo for the SING Australia program. Therefore, we are seeking an artwork that could be adapted (in whole or in part) as a logo.

What it will be used for:

  • logo
  • all material relating to the workshop (program sheets, lanyards, notebooks, pens, canvas bags, shirts, etc.)
  • email signatures for correspondence
  • templates for presentation/powerpoint slides
  • web design
  • posters
  • audio-visual (if this is the case then some of the elements may need to be redrawn for animation)

Themes or Concepts:

The artwork produced should be inclusive of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The artwork should refer to at least one of the following themes or concepts:

  • kinship
  • family lines
  • heredity
  • ancestry
  • genetics
  • genomics
  • DNA

Additional themes and concepts that could also be incorporated include:

  • environment and ecology
  • relationships between people and other life (plants, animals, microorganisms)
  • health and wellbeing
  • connection of peoples across place


Colour scheme and other aesthetic aspects will be at the discretion of the artist.

Size and resolution:

We encourage the artist to use the medium they feel best helps them address the concepts and themes noted. However, please note that the final artwork will need to be digitised so it can be used electronically. Therefore, suitability and translation from mixed media to digital presentations will need to be kept in mind.

Artist bio and descriptive story:

Successful applicants will need to provide a short biographical profile and descriptive story of their artwork.

Selection process and timeframes:

The selection process for the art commission will occur across four stages.

  1. Call for submissions – this will include submission of:
    o The concept artwork and descriptive story of the artist’s interpretation of the concepts and what they propose to produce
    o A portfolio of a maximum of three pieces by the artist they feel best represents/explains their style
    o A biography of the artist
    o Due by September 15
  2. Submissions to be reviewed by a panel, inclusive of faculty and organizing committee members of SING Australia (September 16-October 1)
  3. Winning concept design to be announced on (October 5th)
  4. Contract and time for the selected artist to produce and deliver the artwork (mid-to late November – to be negotiated with the artist)

Please be advised that the successful applicant will need to have an ABN and will be responsible for artwork digitisation and delivery of any physical artwork to an agreed location.

Eligibility to apply:

  • Only artists of Indigenous Australian backgrounds will be considered
  • Any level of experience


  • $3000 for the selected artwork

Contact information:

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