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Wednesday 29 May 2024
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PUNQ Expressions Of Interest

Alongside our curated program of major site-specific works, Umbrella and PUNQ are inviting expressions of interest to propose major works for this year’s festival.

About the Festival

Festival Dates: 2 - 18 August

PUNQ is a biennial place-making festival which activates and engages with spaces, histories, and futures through art. It celebrates the distinct landscapes of North Queensland to inspire cultural exchange and reimagine expectations, transform perceptions and provide unique creative experiences for locals and visitors alike.

The festival presents immersive journeys across North Queensland on Gurambilbarra (Townsville), Yunbenun (Magnetic Island), Warrgamay, Nywaigi & Bandjin Country (Hinchinbrook) and Gudjal Country (Charters Towers).

The festival elevates innovative and exciting arts and cultural practices of the region, while also providing a platform for regional artists to reach new audiences. The site-specific commissions program features major projects produced by established local, national and international artists, set in significant natural and human-made environments of the North Queensland region.

About the Site-Specific Commissions in 2024

Umbrella is inviting artists to express their interest in creating new works for the festival in 3 locations:

- Yunbenun / Magnetic Island - Townsville
- Warrgamay, Nywaigi & Bandjin Country / Hinchinbrook
- Gudjal Country / Charters Towers

(Preference will be given to concepts sited outside the Townsville region in high traffic areas.)

Artists are encouraged to present ideas that respond to the histories, presents and futures of sites within these locations. All artforms are eligible. The festival is looking for high quality, innovative and critically engaged projects.


Umbrella will provide a fee of $8,000 to the successful applicants.

Applications will be assessed by a panel of industry peers and finalists will be invited to present their concept in a meeting with the PUNQ team.

Deadline for EOI submission: 11:59pm AEST Sunday 5 May 2024.

Should you wish to discuss your EOI prior to the submission please contact [email protected]

Umbrella will provide support to secure permission to use the site you have identified to the best of our abilities.

Application tips

- Firstly, draft your application in a Word Processor document (such as Microsoft Word, Pages or Google Docs) and save it. This will ensure that you have it as a back up if there is a glitch with your computer or the online form.
- Ensure all fields of the form marked with asterisks * are completed - these are mandatory fields and your application will not submit without them. 
- Proofread your application and get a colleague or friend to read through it. Does it make sense to them?

PUNQ 2024 Major-Site Commissions Application

Applicant / Exhibitor Details

Artwork Details

(150 words maximum)
TIPS: What is the concept? Why will it be a good fit for the PUNQ program? What will it look like? How will the attendees experience it? (500 words maximum)
TIPS: Think outside of the box - previous sites have included: A live sugar cane field, Pallarenda beach, an abandoned Queenslander home, the Fort Trail on Yunbenun / Magnetic Island. Why do you wish to engage with this site? (300 words maximum)
(150 words maximum)
(150 words maximum)
(150 words maximum)
TIPS: What are the steps to realize this work? (500 words maximum)
Upload Budget

How will you use the $8,000 fee? Include an artist fee to pay yourself for labour. What are your material costs? What are your transport requirements to deliver and remove the work from the site? What are the costs associated installation/demount of your work? Please include any In Kind contributions or confirmed sponsors.

Upload a basic budget for your project. * Upload File

Attach Artist's Bio

250 words maximum * Upload File

Attach Artist's CV

2 pages maximum * Upload File

Attach images of proposed work

You can include sketches, photos or other renderings. (10 images maximum) * Upload File

Attach images of previous work

10 images maximum * Upload File

I agree to adhere to the full conditions of entry listed on this page and in the associated notes.

Jill Chism, Preserve/Conserve - Invocation #3: Openness - Going with the flow, 2021, Ephemeral salt-printing performance in situ Cape Pallarenda on Wulgurukaba & Bindal Country (Townsville). PUNQ 2021 Commission. Photograph: Aaron Ashley

Dancenorth, World Interior, Performance. PUNQ 2021 commission. Photograph: Aaron Ashley.  

Tania Lou Smith, Untitled (gloves) film still, Moving image and sound, 1min 30secs. PUNQ 2021 Commission.

Big Eye Arts & Cultural Centre artists Linda Oliver (Burato) with Tanisha Barney, John Gray, and Rosalind Sailor, One Journey: Many Stories Many People Many Places, 2021, Painted mural. PUNQ 2021 Commission. Photograph: Aaron Ashley.  

Jenny Mulcahy, The Mark, 2021, Painted timber and rope, in situ on Yunbenun (Magnetic Island). PUNQ 2021 Commission. Photograph: Aaron Ashley.

David Rowe, Site #272, Installation in situ in the cane field. PUNQ 2021 Commission. Photograph: Gav Rossetti.

Alison McDonald, After, 2021, laser cut parquetry in situ. PUNQ 2021 Commission. Photograph: Aaron Ashley

Diffraction Collective, Botanica Techno in situ at night. PUNQ 2021 Commission. Photograph: Aaron Ashley. 

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Acknowledgement of Country

Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts respectfully acknowledges the Wulgurukaba of Gurambilbarra and Yunbenun and the surrounding groups of our region - Bindal, Gugu Badhan, Nywaigi, Warrgamay, Bandjin and Gudjal - as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we gather, share and celebrate local creative practice. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first people of Australia. They have never ceded sovereignty and remain strong in their enduring connection to land and Culture.

Umbrella is a Dealer Member of the Indigenous Art Code. This means we are committed to fair and ethical trade with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, and transparency in the promotion and sale of artwork. As a Dealer Member and signatory to the Code we must act fairly, honestly, professionally and in good conscience in all direct or indirect dealings with artists.


Umbrella is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy, and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments. | Umbrella is supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and receives funds through the Australian Cultural Fund. | Townsville City Council is a funding partner of Umbrella's program.