Opportunity to join RidgeWalk’s Creative Advisory Panel

Yarra Ranges Council is seeking Expressions of Interest from local arts practitioners and public art professionals to join the RidgeWalk Creative Advisory Panel (RWCAP).

Two successful applicants will work alongside industry leaders to provide creative oversight to the development and delivery of the project’s creative program.

RidgeWalk is a large-scale art experience. It celebrates the natural and cultural histories of the Dandenong Ranges, from First Nations people to contemporary local communities. It runs along 39 kilometres of walking track.

The Australian Government, Victorian State Government and Yarra Ranges Council provided $9.8 million of project funding. The funding enables significant upgrades to existing tracks, 14 kilometres of new pathways, the installation of architectural nodes, wayfinding signage and heritage interpretation – along with permanent sculpture, land art and a rotating program of temporary exhibitions and performances.

There is a commitment to deliver 10 artworks and creative projects over 2 years for RidgeWalk (2021-2022). A curatorial framework and guiding principles have been developed and will be used to support the RWCAP.

Appointments will be until December 2022 (with a possible extension) and remuneration is offered to eligible participants. The role requires a commitment of approximately eight on-site and remote meetings per year.

Members of the RCAP are not eligible to apply or be contracted for works associated with the RidgeWalk Creative Program while serving on the panel.

The roles:

Public Art Industry Representative

Candidates should have demonstrated experience and expertise in public art.

This includes involvement in producing/managing/curating complex multidisciplinary public art projects, budget management and stakeholder engagement. Candidates should have active sector knowledge.

Local Artist Representative

Candidates must be artists or creative practitioners living and/or working in the Dandenong Ranges. Experience and interest in public art is required, as well as active involvement in the local creative community. Artists and cultural workers of all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

We encourage applications from everyone in the community, including members of the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander community, people of diverse sexual orientation and gender, and people of varied age, ability and faith.

Artists and creatives of all disciplines are eligible.

Young people are encouraged to apply and some development and support can be provided – please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.