EOI - Echuca District War Memorial Artwork

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Council is seeking a suitably qualified and experienced creative professional/artist to design, develop and install a 3-dimensional creative piece/sculpture, to be located within the Echuca District War Memorial precinct (Hare Street, Echuca).

The piece will commemorate those who have served in previous conflicts and display the names of 1,691 fallen and returned servicemen. In consultation with Campaspe Shire Council and Echuca RSL, the piece will be respectful, meaningful and sympathetic to the existing environment, while also able to exist as a standalone piece.

This Expression of Interest seeks to establish a shortlist of possible artists and their ability to undertake a design and construct submission. Shortlisting of submissions will be undertaken by a panel including members of Campaspe Shire’s Arts & Culture team, Infrastructure team and a representative from Echuca RSL. Artists will be contracted under a standard Campaspe Shire Council Artists Commissioning Contract.

Submit an Expression of Interest here.

Applications for this Expression of Interest close on Friday, 14 June 2024. Late EOIs will not be considered.

Please direct any questions relating to the EOI to Kris Tito, Arts and Culture Coordinator on 03 5481 2818 or email [email protected].


On 16th of November 1927, Brigadier General J. K. Forsyth CMG DSO unveiled the Echuca War Memorial on High Street. Due to increased traffic in High Street, it was decided to move the memorial to the civic centre gardens on Hare Street. The 1971 ceremony was the last held on the old site, after which local contractors moved the memorial.

The memorial consists of a marble statue of a World War One soldier, with arms reversed, standing on a tall column. The column rests on a rectangular pedestal on a six-sided columned plinth on a three-stepped base. The memorial compares with others of its type but is more imposing on account of its proportions and height. It adopts typical memorial forms of the day, including plinth and column and is locally significant also for its connection with A.J. Inches, Echuca's pre-eminent architect of the day.

The Echuca War Memorial commemorates those who served in the First World War, Second World War, BCOF, Malaya-Borneo, Korea and Vietnam. A smaller memorial to the fallen in the South African War (1899- 1901) adjoins and consists of a bluestone base with cast iron lamp standard above.

In 2017, the walls displaying the 1,691 names were removed due to safety concerns. 

Application criteria

Scope of contract

Submissions must take into consideration the following:

  • Designs must provide the opportunity to display the names of 1,691 fallen and returned servicemen. Names will be provided to the successful artist and quotes should include the cost of installing these names.
  • The design shall aspire to be both a major statement by the artist and appropriate to the subject and context of the environment, highlighting the service and sacrifice of local servicemen.

The artist’s key responsibilities will include (but are not limited to):

  • Meetings and engagement with Council staff, RSL representatives, relevant community members, project stakeholders and contractors throughout the process; 
  • Design, development, research and materials;
  • Creating small maquettes and/or detailed concept design plan drawings of the life‐sized sculpture; 
  • Designing and coordinating the production of the sculpture’s base (if required);
  • Site meetings for preparation and installation of the artwork; and
  • Other tasks as required.


  • The proposed concept and design must conform to Campaspe Shire Council planning requirements around frangibility, environmental impacts, visual impact and common‐sense public sculpture requirements including an appreciation of its location and its public setting; 
  • The work will be installed outdoors and must be built with sound materials with a reasonable maintenance‐free life for more than 20 years and to be maintainable in perpetuity;
  • Consideration should be given as to how the sculpture could be lit for evening viewing;
  • The work must conform to normal engineering standards and specifications, and an engineer’s report will be required validating the construction methodology and materials, prior to construction for the selected artwork commission; and
  • Public Liability Insurance will need to note Campaspe Shire Council as an interested party. 

Application critera

The application must include:

  • a brief description of the proposed work;
  • sketches and visual documentation adequate to convey the qualities of the proposed work, this may also include computer generated images;
  • description of proposed construction method and materials;
  • a current artist’s CV; and
  • images of three recent works by the artist.

Evaluation criteria

Council will consider the following criteria in evaluating your EOI listed in descending order of importance:

High level of artist merit  Outline how you will interpret the contribution made by local servicemen utilising your artistic practice, experience and knowledge. 30% 
Capability and capacity  Including assessment of proposed artwork and its response to the brief, relevant experience and the ability to produce work with a high degree of technical expertise, including reading and producing technical drawings. 25% 
Environmental and OH&S Including durability of the design, materials and finishes in relation to weather, vandalism, safety and public liability. 20%
Local relatability and expression Relevance to local community and context.   15%
Cost to Council Cost to Council of the proposed artwork. 10%

It is important that you ensure that your EOI addresses the above criteria for Council to properly assess your EOI.

From the initial applications received, a shortlist (maximum of 3 (three)) artists will be selected. Each shortlisted artist will be:

  • contracted under a standard Shortlist Artist Agreement
  • required to provide further concept development; and 
  • provide preliminary detail relating to construction details and materials.

Upon receipt of the concept development from the shortlisted artists, each shortlisted artist will be provided a fee of $2,000 (GST exclusive) to develop a maquette and/or detailed concept design plan drawings.

The full budget for the commissioned sculpture, including, artist fees, materials, delivery of sculpture to site, and installation, is anticipated to be a maximum of $100,000. Artists are to take this into consideration when responding to this EOI.

Council reserves the right to reschedule, postpone or cancel the project, or full implementation at any stage of the outlined process.


EOI open  Thursday, 25 April 2024
EOI close Friday, 14 June 2024
Shortlist artist notification Friday, 12 July 2024
Final concept submissions due Friday, 23 August 2024
Confirmation of successful artist Friday, 27 September 2024
Design development October 2024 - March 2025
Artwork production / installation scheduling April 2025 - October 2025
Onsite artwork installation completion April 2026