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Public Art Mentors
Elishia Whitchurch 

UAP work with artists and creatives to deliver artworks and design solutions all over the world. We start by listening, and we see potential in every idea. Our project teams are made up of curators, designers and specialist craftspeople, all united in the goal of realising and delivering authentic creative visions. We will work with artists to workshop ideas, develop concepts, create models and renders, investigate materials, explore ways to physically build ambitious ideas, and problem solve challenges that arise along the way - whilst always upholding the creative intent and honouring the artistic vision.

From artist's initial idea to design or fabrication, our team can be engaged at any stage of the process. No matter the size, budget or complexity, if you need assistance realising your vision UAP can help you find a creative solution. UAP collaborates with artists to support their exploration of ideas, extend their practice, and deliver artwork into galleries and the public realm. UAP offers an extensive range of specialist expertise to artists from Design Assist that explores material and fabrication options; artwork visualisations and costings; to Technical Design, Fabrication, Installation and Project Management services.

Having joined UAP in 2007, Elishia has accumulated over 15 year experience working with artists and creatives across a variety of projects, budgets and materials, assisting them to resolve and deliver works for the public & private realm, globally.

Elishia was instrumental in establishing UAP’s design studio in Shanghai, where she lived with her family for 5 years.  Upon returning to Brisbane, Elishia was responsible for running the Brisbane design team for 3 years.  

In her current role as a Principal for the Art + Design Team, Elishia is responsible for working alongside artists & clients to help them deliver successful creative outcomes.  

During her time at UAP Elishia has led and overseen projects, within Australia and internationally including -  Lindy Lee’s Being Swallowed by the Milky Way for Queens Wharf Brisbane, Judy Watson’s Nerung Ballun for HOTA,  Polly Borland’s BOD, Reuben Patterson’s The Guide Kaiarahi for Auckland Art Gallery, Idris Khan’s Wahat Al Karama, Abu Dhabi, Florentijin Hofman, Messengers of Brisbane for Brisbane Festival, Tishman Speyer’s, Tapestries for The Springs, Shanghai. 

Elishia holds a Bachelor of Product Design from Griffith University, Queensland College of Art.

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