The Platform

The Platform is a contemporary sculpture project, where commissioned artworks are displayed for one to two years, adjacent to the Mt Coot-tha Visitor Information Centre in the Mt Coot-tha precinct. After this time, the sculptures are relocated and included in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha sculpture trail as part of Brisbane City Council's public art collection.

Artist opportunity - 2022 commission

Brisbane City Council is commissioning a new contemporary public artwork for The Platform project in 2022.

Since The Platform project was established in 2018, it has featured four commissions by significant contemporary Australian artists. Following the initial display period on The Platform, artworks are relocated to a permanent location within the gardens, contributing to a growing collection of diverse, creative responses to the gardens.

Council is seeking expressions of interest from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artists for this opportunity, to address the curatorial frameworks identified for the 2022 commission. 

How to apply

The opportunity is outlined in The Platform – Artist Brief (PDF - 3.9Mb).

The brief was released on 18 October 2021 and invites expressions of interest (EOI) from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artists.

Artists are required to submit an EOI no later than 12noon on Monday 8 November 2021.

Submissions must be made via email to the Platform Team.

Required documentation is as follows:

  • artist CV
  • artist biography (maximum 200 words)
  • written response to the artwork brief outlining your conceptual approach to the commission and how it relates to your practice (maximum 500 words)
  • five images of relevant previous work (maximum 1MB per image).

Note: No drawings or renders of other support material are required and if submitted will not be considered.

For any further enquiries on how to apply, email the Public Art Team.

Current artwork

Roots - Hiromi Tango

The current commission Roots by Hiromi Tango expresses the artist's desire to be grounded in her adopted home of Australia, whilst creating space for her identity, culture and memories linked to a traditional upbringing in regional Japan. What does it mean to grow roots in a new home? How can we learn to be in a new environment and find meaningful connections to where we are?

Roots explores the idea of seeking harmony with our environment. To learn the stories and history of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha, Hiromi worked with staff and volunteers through a series of workshops to share stories of connection to place. Hiromi cast plant species collected during these workshops in bronze and interwove these objects and stories into a physical representation of connection and growth.

The artwork is on display from August 2020 and is located outside the Visitor Information Centre.

Watch a video with Hiromi about the development of her Roots artwork. The video is 5 minutes and 26 seconds long. You can also view this video on Council's YouTube account. Read the video transcript.

Previous installations

The first commission Remainders 20 & 21, by acclaimed Australian artist Jamie North, consists of two cast bronze spheres punctuated with stippled holes allowing living Ficus to bind and grow from the interior.

Melbourne-based artist and designer Anna Varendorff installed the second commission, Large Arcs, in July 2018. 

The 2019 commission was a vibrant, husk-like form titled Gone to Seed by Perth-based artist, Stuart Green.

Commissioned artists are invited to work with Council to nominate suitable locations within the BBGMC for their artwork to be installed once off The Platform.

More information

For more information email The Platform or phone Council on 07 3403 8888.

Photo gallery

This album includes current and previous The Platform installations. View the slideshow below, or view the images in 'The Platform, Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha' album on Flickr.

The Platform, Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha


Last updated: 20 October 2021

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