Alexander Garred

Artist Brief: “Ways Forward Report”

Project Overview:

Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia is the peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing, mental health and suicide prevention, and we wish to have a bespoke artwork digitally designed for the 1995 Ways Forward report which involved over 500 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, community organizations and mental health service providers.

The Ways Forward Report is monumental landmark and was the first National analysis of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and it has been the guiding principles for Indigenous Mental Health, Ways Forward has been the foundation of the National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s mental health and social and emotional wellbeing, 28 years on it is still relevant and being utilized.

Artwork Opportunity:

The opportunity is open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, experienced in digital design.

Artwork objectives & considerations:

The concept for the artwork is embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s conceptualisation of mental health and wellbeing from a strength-based approach that emphasises the importance of balance, harmony, cultural safety, self-determination, and empowerment. From the perspective of First Nations people mental health and social and emotional wellbeing are all connected within our relationships, spiritually, family, community, land, acknowledging and honouring our ancestors.

It is important to acknowledge the influences of external factors that have and continue to impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people including colonisation, racism, and intergenerational trauma.

Your submission

Please include with your EOI a brief description/conceptualisation on how you envision this artwork to look, whether that is written, designed or both.

You can find a copy of The Ways Forward report here


The fixed project budget for the commissioned digital artwork is $5,500 (GST exclusive).


To be finalized by 14th of July 2023.


Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia dedicates this limited-edition publication to Professor Beverly Raphael and Mrs Patricia Delaney (nee Swan). We also thank the Australian Government who has released the copyright of this publication to Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia to create a limited edition to launch at the Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia national conference August 2023.


For further information (or to submit your EOI) please contact Tania Brown at tania.brown@gayaadhuwi.org.au or Alex Garred at alex.garred@gayaadhuwi.org.au

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