Queensland’s own Urban Art Projects (UAP) will co-design the Australian pavilion for Expo 2020 in Dubai.
A former Queensland export award winner, UAP collaborates with artists, architects and designers to create art in public spaces.
UAP Principal Carolyn Karnovsky said the studio partnered with Brisbane-based architects Bureau Proberts to propose the design.
‘With Bureau Proberts leading the architectural design and UAP developing the exhibition experience concept, we have endeavoured to create a pavilion that transports and connects visitors to the very heart of Australia,’ she said.
‘It will be an unforgettable experience where ancient narratives are interwoven with futuristic visions of Australian innovation.’
At the pavilion, Queensland businesses will meet with delegations from all over the world.
It will host a wide range of events, including trade and investment promotions, a targeted business program, VIP events and an arts program.
Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for the Middle East Donna Massie congratulated UAP and said Expo 2020 could open many doors for Queensland businesses.
‘The expo will be an exciting opportunity for Queensland businesses to build relationships and forge new connections in the Middle East and globally,’ she said.
‘A total of 193 countries have now committed to Expo 2020 Dubai.’
Expo 2020 will be the first world expo staged in the Middle East, and more than 25 million visitors are expected to attend.
UAE is an important trading partner for Queensland, with two-way merchandise trade worth $343 million last financial year.
UAP was a 2017 Queensland export awards winner, and previously collaborated with Bureau Proberts on the centrepiece of the new UAE Martyrs’ Memorial Park, Wahat Al Karama, in Abu Dhabi.
Brothers Matthew and Daniel Tobin started UAP in 1993. The company now has studios and workshops in Brisbane, New York and Shanghai, and global satellite offices in Melbourne, Shenzhen, Chengdu and Singapore.
Supporting Queensland exporters is a priority of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.