You are here: Home / Council / News, Public Notices and Media Releases / News / Archived News and Announcements / 2023 Archived Notices / FEBRUARY 2023 / REQUEST FOR SUBMISSIONS | DEADLY YOUNG ARTISTS WANTED


Are you a young Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person aged 10 -18 years old? Would you like to have your artwork featured on the cover of our first ever, Reconciliation Action Plan - AND earn $500 in the process?

Request for Submission RAP Artwork

We are inviting local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists aged 10-18 years old to create and submit an original artwork that embraces the theme The Spirit of Reconciliation for possible use on the cover of our inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).


Cook Shire Council is calling on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to create an artwork to be used as the centre piece for our Reconciliation Action Plan. Council will select one artwork that positively embraces the theme: The Spirit of Reconciliation.


Print, painting, drawing or digital artworks will only be considered. Three-dimensional artworks (sculptures, carvings etc) will not be considered. (See full Terms and Conditions).


In selecting the artwork for the inaugural Cook Shire Reconciliation Action Plan, the Council will consider the following:

  • How well the artwork reflects the theme of: The Spirit of Reconciliation
  • The cultural appropriateness of the artwork
  • The artwork’s appeal to a broad audience  
  • The extent to which the artwork represents the Shire and the region
  • Suitability of the artwork to be used and applied – both in full, and in part – across a wide variety of traditional and digital media, including but not limited to: digital and print publications; websites and social media content; marketing collateral and promotional merchandise; graphic devices; signage and event branding.


All submissions will be reviewed by Councillors and assessed according to the selection criteria following the Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday 28 February 2023. Council will decide on the successful artist.


The successful artist will be offered a $500 pre-paid cash card. (See full Terms and Conditions).


Artwork may be used for branding the RAP and for promotional purposes including on website, print/marketing collateral, social media, merchandise and more. The artwork will remain the property of the artist. By submitting an artwork and the accompanying Submission Application, the artist agrees to all terms and conditions and grants Council unlimited right to use the artwork to promote our inaugural RAP. 


All submissions must be received by Council before 12 NOON, Monday 27 February 2023. All submissions must include the following:

  • The original artwork, AND
  • a completed Submission Application Form with a written outline of the applicant's artwork and how it relates to the theme. 

Submissions can be made the following ways:

In person:
Council Main Administration Building located at: 10 Furneaux Street, Cooktown, 4895

By post:
QLD 4895

Please make sure that you leave enough time to ensure Council receives postal submissions prior to the end of the deadline of 12 noon, Monday 27 February 2023.


  • Participating artists must be aged 10 years or older at the time that the Submission Application is submitted
  • Where a participating artist is under the age of 18, the artist’s adult parent/guardian must complete the Submission Applications Form by stating their own name on behalf of the name of the artist to indicate their agreement with these terms and conditions on behalf of the artist
  • Artwork should not be framed or mounted behind glass   
  • The decision of the Council will be final and absolute. No correspondence about Councils’ decision will be entered into
  • The artist may submit only one artwork (entry)
  • The Request for Submissions closes on Monday 27 February 2023 at 12:00 NOON (AEDT)
  • The winning artwork is subject to the Terms and Conditions
  • Please note that if an artwork contains the Aboriginal Flag it must also contain the Torres Strait Islander flag and vice versa.
  • Please note that artwork cannot consist solely of a photograph and will not be eligible for entry.



For more information, please contact Council's Indigenous Project Officer or Media & Communications Coordinator on 4082 0500.

ABN: 45 425 085 688

10 Furneaux Street Cooktown, Qld 4895

Mail: PO Box 3 Cooktown, Qld 4895


Phone: (07) 4082 0500

Fax: (07) 4082 0588

Hours: 8.45am-4.45pm Monday to Friday