A new project aims to establish permanent artworks in six Far North Queensland communities along the popular Savannah Way tourist route.

The Savannah Way Art Trail will be managed by CQUniversity with funding provided by Arts Queensland’s Regional Arts Services Network and Regional Arts Development Fund through the Year of Outback Tourism Events Program and the Monsoon Trough fund.

Expressions of interest are being sought from artists or a consortium of artists to work with the communities of Georgetown, Croydon, Normanton, Karumba, Burketown and Doomadgee to establish artworks.


Project Manager, Patty Preece, said the works will help enhance visitor experiences along the Queensland section of the Savannah Way and be geographically and culturally significant.


“Through collaborative and consultative processes driven by residents, arts communities and councils, the unique local identity of the six townships will be reflected in each installation and curated to connect the towns to the narrative through theme and/or materials,” she said. 

“The artworks will celebrate the beauty and unique characters of these communities and attract more cultural tourists to the region, which we hope will result in positive social and economic outcomes for the communities.”

CQUniversity will also undertake a research project to identify the benefits and impacts of artistic and cultural development activities in regional and remote communities.

Expressions of interest for the Savannah Way Art Trail are open until 8 October 2021.


Main points

  • CQUniversity will lead a project to establish six permanent art pieces along the Queensland section of the Savannah Way

  • Expressions of interest are being sought from artists

  • The installations are planned for Georgetown, Croydon, Normanton, Karumba, Burketown & Doomadgee
The vision for the Savannah Way Art Trail in Far North Queensland is a series of six cohesive, large-scale permanent feature artworks.
Patty Preece