Celebrating Q150

In 2008 Elise Parups was commissioned as the concept designer for an innovative cultural project, involving 150 artists and their communities. Sam Di Mauro then curated the 150 pieces to be held digitally in the SLQ in perpetuity.

The project has been recognised as a significant work of excellence in community engagement practice and has been documented in several academic research papers.

Tiwari R, Lommerse M, Smith D, 2014, ‘M2 Models and Methodologies for Community Engagement’, Springer Science & Business Media, Singapore.

Di Mauro S 2010, ‘Can Public Artwork Assist in Remembering, Memorializing and Honoring Events, Heroes and Icons?‘, The International Journal of Arts in Society, Vol. 5.

Media Statements

Premier and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Anna Bligh

Friday, October 23, 2009


Images of the 135 past and future tiles that make up the giant 40sqm mosaic, a visual snapshot of quintessential Queensland permanently displayed at the RNA in Brisbane, Premier Anna Bligh said today.

“The production of the massive mosaic made up of individual tiles each at just under a metre in height and seen for the first time at Brisbane’s Ekka in August, was a hit with communities around Queensland,” she said.

“This project brought communities together right around Queensland – including almost 70 councils, art groups, schools.

“The artwork and stories of Western Queensland from Mount Isa to Burke, the Diamantina, Longreach to Burke and beyond, were fantastic.

“So we want to share them with everyone, especially everyone in the communities who worked so diligently to bring this project together.

“Through this mosaic, Queenslanders have had their say on what they believe represents their past and their future in Queensland’s 150th birthday year.

“This mosaic was brought together by Queenslanders for Queenslanders – and that’s what makes it so special.

“Putting them online means people all over the state can have a look at this great project.”

The mosaic was curated by Sam Di Mauro and his team from Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art.

Concept design and individual mosaic tile shape (roughly in the shape of Queensland) was created by Queensland artist Elise Parups.

2009 is Queensland’s 150th anniversary year of independence from New South Wales.