Continuous Voices Memorial – A place to acknowledge the truth, trauma and ongoing legacy suffered by victims of sexual abuse across the local region and the whole of Australia.
The City of Ballarat has launched a national design competition to identify artists/design professionals to lead collaborative teams to create the memorial, which will be located near Lake 2 in Victoria Park.
The Continuous Voices Memorial will recognise the full extent of the pain and trauma caused by all forms of sexual violence. The space will also be designed to support healing, by helping to continually voice the conversations for change.
The project stems back to 2016, when the City of Ballarat was first briefed on community advocacy to develop a permanent site to recognise the impact of sexual assault and sexual abuse in Ballarat. In 2019, the Continuous Voices Community Reference Group was formed to consult with the Ballarat survivor community on appropriate acknowledgement in the city. Since then significant Creative Research has been conducted in partnership with artists, local traditional owners, social organisations and advocay groups. With the launch of this Design Competition, a significant milestone has now been reached towards the development of the Continuous Voices Memorial.
Summary of key dates:
Competition Launch – Friday 3 November 2023
Entrant Registration Closes – Friday 15 December 2023
Final Date for Submission of Questions – Friday 19 January 2024
(The Professional Adviser will answer question through the Registrar)
Last Date of Stage 1 applications – Friday 2 February 2024
Shortlisted Designers Informed – Friday 8 March 2024
Details of the design competition, the design brief and submission details can be found HERE.