The Connection Curve:

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I participate?

Unfortunately I cannot draw everyone! I have had to put limits on this project. I will only be drawing 130 NT residents over 12 months (approx. 3 a week).  Because of this, to be a participant in this project you need to have received an invitation from a family member, friend and/or colleague. This project works by nomination. So each participant that has had their portrait drawn and shared their story, is then able to invite other people to participate. This will occur until all 130 portraits are completed.

Once you have been invited to participate you will be required to complete a Participant Information and Consent Form. Once I have received this completed form there i will contact you to arrange a time to video call you. Please note, I understand that video calling might not be possible for everyone. If so, we will make other more appropriate arrangements.

Who is invited to participate?

I will be inviting the first participants to join the project from my own personal networks. I am trying to make sure i get an even spread of participants across the NT so I will be trying to invite the first participants from different locations across the NT with different networks to extend the project to. I will also be inviting the first participants being mindful of systemic access and equity issues and will be trying to reach remote areas as much as urban centres of the NT as well as being mindful of the different diverse communities of the NT.


Once these  participants have confirmed their involvement the rest of the people invited to join in will be from their own networks. It is up to them who they select and I will have no control over these invitations. However, all invited participants need to be:

  • NT residents and;

  • must be over 18 years of age (it will be up to guardians if they want to nominate young people in their care as a proxy).

If i am invited to participate and I do not want my own portrait done am I allowed to nominate a proxy?

Yes, if you have received an invitation to participate but you do not want a portrait of yourself, you are able to nominate a proxy as long as they:

  • consent to being a proxy

  • are over the age of 18 and can give informed consent or you are their guardian and can consent on their behalf.

  • live in the same house as you


There may be occasions where you might want to nominate a proxy outside of your own house. This will only be considered if the intended proxy would otherwise not have access to this project. That is, it will be considered if this person needs (and you can provide) direct support to enable them to participate otherwise you are welcome to invite them as one of the three people you extend the project to. This will have to be negotiated on a case by case basis. So, if this applies to you please contact me at to discuss.


Can there be more than one person in a portrait?

Ideally no, as it is meant to be an intimate portrait of just one person. However there may be cases where it would make more sense for two participants to be in a portrait together (for example a parent and their new born child or a person and their assistance animal). This will have to be negotiated on a case by case basis. So, if this applies to you please contact me at to discuss.

Once I have had my portrait drawn, who can I invite to participate?

You can invite people that you know and are connected to, to participate. These people can be anyone that you would like as long as they:

  • reside in the NT

  • are over 18 years of age

When can I invite them?

You can only invite them to be a part of the project once you've received an email from me asking you extend the invitation to your invitees. This will happen after you've received a digital copy of your portrait and responded confirming your ongoing participation in the project. You will need to respond to me within a week of receiving the digital copy of your portrait.

How do I invite them?

I will send you an email that will include a letter of invitation that you can send to people.  It will explain The Connection Curve project, including what is involved and invite them to participate. In this email there will be a PASSWORD for people to login to the participants page on my website so they can fill in the Participant Information and Consent Form located here on the website.

What if the person I have nominated doesn't want to participate?

That is fine. This is a voluntary project. Please just ask them to let you know as soon as possible so that you can extend the invitation to someone else.


If I send the invitation to participate to more than three people will they all get their portrait drawn?

Most likely. I cannot say that they will definitely have their portrait drawn as i will close project registrations at 145 people (15 of these people will be waitlisted as there might be some people that register for the project that later withdraw).


If I have received invitation do I have to participate?

Not at all, this project is entirely voluntary. If you'd prefer not to participate just let the person that invited you know that you are not interested.

If I have received an invitation and I am interested to go ahead, what is involved?

You will need to:

  • Use the password in your email invitation to login to the Participant Information and Consent Form here and fill out the details.

  • Organise a time with me to do a 15-30 minute video call. This will be arranged over text to your mobile.

  • Prepare for the call by deciding what you will wear, how you will sit and what will be in the video frame. Also, think about what stories you would like to share (please do not share anything that you do not want  to be made public or that is someone else's story and not for you to share). You will also need to  make sure you have adequate lighting so that I can see your face. Please keep in mind, the video will be recorded and will kept for up to 5 years as part of The Connection Curve archive (please see Terms and Conditions for further information).

  • During this video call I will ask you questions to record your story. I will be using a series of stills from this video to  draw your portrait. The video calls will last between 15-30 minutes depending on your preference and how many stories you have to tell.

  • Approximately, 1-4 weeks after the sitting you will receive a digital copy of your portrait and a quote from your story in an email (please click here to see some examples of completed portraits). You will need to respond to this email within 1 week to confirm that it can be posted to the website, social media and kept for publication.

  • Following your confirmation, you will be sent an email notifying you that your portrait is in the post to you and you can now invite other people to participate in the project. To help you do this, you will be sent an invitation email that you can share with your  invitees (this can also be printed out if they have no email).

  • At this point your active participation in the project is complete. Congratulations! Following this, you are invited to continue to interact with the project through the Instagram, Facebook and the portrait gallery on this website. If you re-post the images or pictures of you receiving your portraits online I'd love to receive a copy and please be mindful of acknowledging my copyright and tag me as the artist on social media if you share my drawings.

  • I hope that the project will eventually be displayed as an exhibition when all the portraits are finished and/or possibly published as a book. I will keep your email to inform you if and when this happens.

If I have received a nomination to participate, how do I confirm my participation?

To confirm your participation in the project you will need to sign the Participant Information and Consent Form (you will need the password to do this). Please make sure you have left appropriate contact details so that I can get in touch with you to arrange a video call and communicate with you about the project.

When do i need to be available for the video call for my portrait?

You will need to make yourself available for a minimum 15 minute video call (virtual sitting) within a couple of weeks of submitting your consent form. You can submit preferred times and dates for the video call on your  Participant Information and Consent Form.

If I sign the Participant Information and Consent Form, what am I consenting to?

Please read the Terms and Conditions here. If you have any further questions about this please do not hesitate to  contact me to discuss them further.

If I do not like the portrait you draw, can I ask you to redraw it?

Sadly, I will not have the capacity to redo any portraits. Please keep in mind that drawings are not a complete likeness. They are a creative processes and are an approximation to a likeness. Sometimes they are more about the feeling than the look of something. My portrait process is not necessarily about making pretty pictures but  saying something about a particular fleeting moment. However, if you feel strongly that you do not want the drawing displayed publicly, the image can be withdrawn. Please note if you withdraw the image you will no longer be part of the project , be able to invite others to participate, or have your image included in any possible final publication and/or exhibition.

If I have any further questions how should I contact you?

Please use the contact form on my website and put The Connection Curve in the subject line or email me directly at (make sure you check your Junk Folder in your inbox as my reply made inadvertently end up there!).

 © 2020 by robyn frances.

Darwin NT Australia

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