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Adelaide Oval is looking to engage a South Australian First Nations Artist to create a visual artwork representing our reconciliation journey

Tarntanya Wama (Adelaide Oval) was a significant place of meeting, trading, a place of gathering and ceremony.

Since its establishment as a sporting ground in 1871 Adelaide Oval has been hosting worldwide sporting events, along with concerts, and its sphere of influence.  In 2013, Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority (AOSMA, a joint-venture between SACA and SANFL) was formed to manage the Adelaide Oval venue redevelopment and ongoing business as a multi-purpose tourism and events destination that operates every day of the year, welcoming more than 1.8 million visitors each year. As such, we see a great collaborative opportunity to document Adelaide Oval’s history and exciting future in reconciliation.

We are currently developing our first Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which will outline Adelaide Oval’s commitment and actions to drive our contribution to reconciliation both internally and externally.

Our RAP vision is: “as a world-renowned organisation, founded on a landmark with a rich history that compels respect, we have a responsibility to continually educate ourselves and our circle of influence. This is with a view to create pathways for, and strengthen new, relationships with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community – for the betterment of all.”

The successful artwork submission will be included as the feature artwork in our RAP and will be on show to all who have relationships with Adelaide Oval.


  • What will the artist’s role be?

To create a visual artwork that reflects the story of Tarntanya Wama and Adelaide Oval’s commitment to reconciliation for our Reflect RAP.

  • The artwork

Original on canvas but able to be converted for digital design.

  • How will the artwork be represented?

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

The artwork will be replicated in whole, and in part, in print and digital formats for the promotion of Adelaide Oval 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.

  • What needs to be represented?

The development of our RAP is the commitment by Adelaide Oval 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 stadium that is viewed from all over the world, this is something that the Board will have to approve endorse in terms of what other concepts and what sphere of influence Adelaide Oval has.

  • Licenced Materials

We will work with the selected Artist in relation to any licence permissions noting that AOSMA may wish to utilise the materials in connection with commercial purposes including but not limited to merchandise and staff lanyards.

Application & selection process

Stage 1:

Expression of Interest (EOI) is shared with community to reach artists who may wish to submit a RAP artwork proposal. Applicants will also need to include previous images of their work to support their application. A panel, consisting of members of the Adelaide Oval RAP Working Group and Reconciliation South Australia representatives, will then assess.

Stage 2:

Adelaide Oval will notify all applicants of their outcome. Three artists will be selected to develop their concept further and paid a fee to do so. Each of the three artists will have three weeks to develop their concepts.

Stage 3:

One artist will then be selected to resolve their concept to be made into the finished artwork and paid a final fee.

Adelaide Oval will own the artwork and license the right to use it. The physical work would be displayed at Adelaide Oval offices and our networks. We are open to additional ways of displaying the artwork.

Key dates to consider

EOI released to selected artistsFriday 3 November 2023
EOI Submissions DeadlineBy Tuesday 21 November 2023
Short-List of three artists selectedBy Friday 24 November
Concept development
(3 weeks anticipated)
Wednesday 3 January 2024
Successful artist selectedFriday 12 January 2024
Completion of concept
(2 weeks anticipated)
Monday 29 January 2024

Any questions? Please reach out to our RAP working group co-chair.

Contact Name: Yolanda Sulser
Role title: RAP Working Group Co-chair | Head of Brand & Communications
Contact number: (08) 8211 1100