Lismore Regional Gallery and The Koori Mail are calling out for entries to the inaugural Koori Mail Indigenous Art Award 2021, a new art prize open to artists of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent.
The Award aims to encourage entries from established, mid-career, and emerging Indigenous artists from across the country working in any medium. It is a non-acquisitive award that is free to enter.
Naomi Moran, General Manager of The Koori Mail says “The Koori Mail is proud to be supporting this art award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
“As an Aboriginal owned and run business, profits go back into our communities through sponsorship and initiatives that support Indigenous people and communities, including the arts.
“We strongly encourage artists to engage with this art prize and share their stories with us.”
The prizes have been generously supported by The Koori Mail, Healthy Aspirations and an anonymous donor.
The judge of the Koori Mail Indigenous Art Award 2021 is Djon Mundine OAM FAHA. Mundine is a Bundjalung man and a foundational figure in Australian art. He is a strong supporter of creative practice in Bundjalung Country and is a fierce advocate, consistently contributing to the development and exhibition of contemporary Aboriginal art in Australia and internationally.
The Koori Mail Art Indigenous Award ($10, 000) will be awarded on 4 December along with the Bundjalung Art Award ($2 500), open to Bundjalung artists and/or Indigenous artists working on Bundjalung country, the Innovation Art Award ($2,500) open to Indigenous artists living in Bundjalung, Yaegl and Githabul country and the Youth Art Award ($500) open to Indigenous artists nationally from 12 to 24 years of age.
Entries are submitted online and close at midnight AEST on Friday 24 September, 2021. The winning work and finalist works will be on exhibition at the gallery from 4 December 2021 to 30 January 2022.
Enter at lismoregallery.org
IMAGE: Albert (Digby) Moran, Growing up on the Island