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Artist expression of interest

Thank you for your interest, expressions of interest are now closed.


SA Power Networks is looking to engage a South Australian First Nations artist to create a visual artwork representing our reconciliation journey.  


SA Power Networks is a key player in South Australia’s energy industry as the State’s sole electricity distributor. We are responsible for managing the South Australian electricity distribution network – the substations, transformers, poles and wires that deliver electricity safely and reliably to 1.7 million South Australians every day. 

We are currently developing our first Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which will outline SA Power Networks commitment and actions to drive our contribution to reconciliation both internally and externally in the communities we operate in. 

The successful artwork submission will be included as the feature artwork in our RAP and in other SA Power Networks communications.  

Artists Brief

Expand each section below for more details.

Create a visual artwork that reflects SA Power Networks commitment to reconciliation for our Reflect RAP.  

It is envisaged our Reflect RAP will come into effect in January 2024 and we will have 18 months to deliver on our commitments. The artist will also be credited and spotlighted in our RAP document, by providing an artist summary, which details the inspiration and a description of the artwork.

What needs to be represented?  

The development of our RAP is the commitment by SA Power Networks to a reconciliation process that supports the three pillars of relationships, respect and opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities. As a business with a footprint that spans across the State, we would like the artwork to reflect our commitment and efforts through our RAP to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities within our business, South Australia, and our sphere of influence.  

Artwork size 

The artwork must be a canvas, with a minimum size dimension of 170cm x 90cm (landscape). The artwork must be suitable to be photographed for reproduction across a range of digital and printed materials. 

Application dates

  • Applications open: 7 June 2023 
  • Applications close: 5pm, 29 June 2023 

Application & selection process

  • Stage 1: 

Apply online at by completing the RAP artwork expression of interest. Applicants will also need to include images of their previous work to support their application. A panel, consisting of members from SA Power Networks RAP working group, will then assess all applications.  

  • Stage 2: 

SA Power Networks will notify all applicants of their outcome by mid-July 2023. Three artists will be selected to develop their concept further and paid a fee to do so. The artists will have no more than three weeks.  

  • Stage 3: 

An artist will be chosen to resolve their concept to be made into the finished artwork and paid a final fee (as per the artist payment schedule).  

Key dates schedule:  

Milestones and timing from the date submissions close are as follows: 

Milestone target Date
EOI closes  29 June 2023
Three successful artists selected and notified to develop concepts further By 14 July 2023
Three weeks for Stage 2 concept development By 6 August 2023
Final successful artist notified  By 11 August 2023
Artwork complete and delivered to SA Power Networks head office  No later than 3 October 2023


The artwork will be used throughout the RAP document itself as well as for Acknowledgement of Country at SA Power Networks internal and external meetings/events, on our corporate website and in other forms of communications eg. email banner, social media, SA Power Networks headquarters digital billboard.  

The artwork will be replicated in whole, and in part, in print and digital formats for the promotion of SA Power Networks and our RAP. 

The successful artist will be recognised and credited in our RAP document, and where possible in all other printed and digital materials.

SA Power Networks will own the artwork and license the right to use it. The physical work would be displayed at SA Power Networks corporate headquarters in Keswick.


We are only accepting expression of interests up to $10,000.  

Artists need to include an indicative cost to create the artwork. This cost is inclusive of SA Power Networks: 

  • ownership; and 
  • licence to allow SA Power Networks to use the artwork as outlined in this expression of interest. 

The final fee will be negotiated with the selected artist. 

Three artists will be paid a fee of $500 (excluding GST) to develop their concepts further (see stage 2). 

Artist payment schedule 

In accordance with the above fees, SA Power Networks will pay the artist fees in the following schedule: 

Scheduled stage Payment
Stage 2 (concept development) $500
Stage 3 (concept development) 25% of total artist fee 
Completion of artwork and delivery to SA Power Networks  Remaining artist fee (ie 75%)

If you have any enquiries about the process, please contact:

Anthony von der Borch
Community Partnerships and Events Manager

Expression of Interest form

If you would like your artwork to be considered, complete the Expression of Interest form below.

Applications close on 29 June 2023.

Information for how to complete the Expression of Interest form below

Artist statement

  • Provide a brief artist statement (max 250 words) which outlines your current artistic practice.

Vision statement

  • Provide a brief statement (max 250 words) to outline your vision for the artwork. This should discuss your idea and vision for your artwork.

Indicative costing

  • We are only accepting expressions of interest up to $10,000.
  • Provide an indicative cost to create an artwork for SA Power Networks to acquire and own.
  • The final fee to produce the completed artwork will be negotiated with the selected artist.

Supporting Materials

Upload your current resume or provide details of previous work

  • Max 2 pages
  • PDF or Word document formats only

Upload examples of your recent artwork

  • Upload maximum of 5 images
  • Jpg, Jpeg and PNG format only
  • examples should be no more than 3 years old
  • maximum image size of 3000px on the longest side
  • maximum 5MB size per individual image

Provide the name and contact details of one referee (optional)

File naming convention

Please name each file with the following naming convention. Artist's Surname_Name followed by the type of supporting material, 'resume' or 'artworka. For example, if the artist's name is John Smith:

  • The file name for the resume would be Smith_John_resume.PDF
  • The file name for example artworks would be Smith_John_Artwork1.jpg