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About Dr Bianca Beetson

Dr Bianca Beetson is a Kabi Kabi, Wiradjuri woman, and has been a practicing artist for over 27 years. Bianca works across a broad range of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography, fiber arts, and public art. In 2018 Bianca was awarded a Doctor of Visual Art, from the QLD College of Art, Griffith University.

Bianca has lectured and directed the Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art (BCAIA) degree at the Qld College of Art, Griffith University, and is currently the Director of Indigenous Research Unit at the same institution. Bianca was also a founding member of the seminal Aboriginal artist collective proppaNOW Aboriginal artist collective.

Her current board and advisory group memberships include the board of trustees of the QLD Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art and its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advisory panel. She is also a NAVA board member, a member of the Museum of Contemporary Art Artist Advisory Panel, on the board of Digi Youth Arts and a member of the Arts QLD First Nations Arts and Cultures Advisory panel.

SITE AND SITUATION | Public art talk with Dr Bianca Beetson.

Curated Topic – Connecting to Country

Join First Nation’s artist and acedemic,  Dr Bianca Beetson to learn more about her work and its connection to Country. Find out more about creating public art that respects the culture and traditions of the custodians of the land on which you live, practice, visit and exhibit.

Cost     | FREE Event – Bookings Essential – Tickets are Limited

When  | Thursday 19th May 2022

Time    | 6.00pm – 9.00pm

Where | Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Theatre, Currumbin. 



Full-day workshop with Dr Bianca Beetson

Curated topic – Connecting to Country

Join legendary First Nations Artist and culture advocate Dr Bianca Beetson for an immersive full-day workshop focusing on connecting to Country.

Covering such topics as (but not limited to);

  • Placemaking from a First Nations perspective
  • Negotiating cultural protocols and Traditional owner relationships with that of other stakeholders.
  • Interpreting a brief, research, and knowledge translation.
  • Site walk with a deep listening activity
  • Journalling
  • There may be some ephemeral sculpture making with found materials.

Who is this workshop for?

Gold Coast-based Artists and Arts Workers

Cost | FREE Event – Places Limited – Apply via EOI (see below)

When | Friday 20 May, 2022

Time | 9:30 am to 4 pm

Where | Hand Bent Banana Arts Centre, Tallebudgera Valley, QLD

How to apply | If you are a Gold Coast resident and would like to attend the workshop complete the expression of interest form below.

Submit your expression of interest form.


Successful applicants will be notified via email. There are limited spaces.

Note for attendees

When applying to attend this workshop you are invited to submit your portfolio/ CV, your biography, and 250 words or less telling us why you want to participate in the workshop.

  • Bring along with you your preferred design medium eg laptop, iPad, pens, pencils, paper etc.
  • Bring a refillable water bottle and sun hat
  • Catering will be provided
  • All other materials will be provided


Site and Situation is an initiative of City of Gold Coast, curated by SWELL Sculpture.

Images supplied by artist Bianca Beetson (left to right).

Bianca Beetson – Kulum Galangur Ngarawiny

Bianca Beetson – Feast of the Bon-yi