Acknowledgement: The SING Australia Organising Committee respectfully acknowledge the Turrbul and Jagera nations as the Traditional Owners of the land on which SING Australia 2021 will be held, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
COVID-19: SING Australia 2021 will proceed subject to travel restrictions or new outbreaks of COVID-19 – online alternative activities will be explored in the event of a cancellation or postponement.
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:
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:
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:
Additional themes and concepts that could also be incorporated include:
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.
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: