We received some incredible work from some incredible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, all created to reflect the 2021 NAIDOC Week theme: Heal Country. We're delighted to announce the winners and will be sharing their work with you on social media over the coming weeks.
Creative Ability - artists who are new to their craft and are at a beginner level
Winner: Jesse Sutton
Runner-Up: Amelia Hughes
Up-and-Coming - artists who are skilled in their craft and are at an intermediate level or above
Winner: Ken Gow
Runner-Up: Brooke Sutton
About the competition
As part of our commitment to building meaningful relationships and opportunities for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, CPL – Choice, Passion, Life has partnered with Cootharinga North Queensland and Access Arts to hold our first NAIDOC Week Art Competition.
Who can enter?
We are looking for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artists of all experience levels to showcase their artwork and start important conversations about their culture and backgrounds. You don’t have to be a member of CPL to submit your artwork, but we would love to see some of our own artist showcase their work!
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artists submitting artwork must:
- be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent;
- identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander;
- be an individual aged 10 years or older;
Please note, no group entries (three or more people) will be accepted.
How does it work?
The theme of the artwork needs to reflect the 2021 NAIDOC Week theme: Heal Country!
Artworks can be of painting, sculpture or drawing artistic mediums, submitted in one of the two categories: Creative Ability or Up-and-Coming Artist
Creative Ability: For artists who are new to their craft and are at a beginner level
- Winner: $350 VISA gift card
- Runner-Up: $150 VISA gift card
Up-and-Coming Artist: For artists who are skilled in their craft and are at an intermediate level or above
- Winner: $2500 cash
- Runner-Up: $1500 cash
All entries will be judged by representatives from the CPL Group, with winning entries announced across Cootharinga North Queensland, Access Arts and CPL – Choice, Passion, Life’s social media platforms and websites during NAIDOC Week, 4 -11 July 2021.
NAIDOC Week Art Competition Judges:
|Sophia Sambono, Associate Curator Indigenous Australian Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art. Sophia is a descendant of the Jingili people with family connections from Elliot/Newcastle Waters to Darwin, Daly River and the Tiwi Islands.|
|Fiona Hill, Area Manager - Mount Isa and North West, Cootharinga North Queensland. Fiona is an Artist, painter and descendant of the Waluwarra, Yirendali, Ngawun and Arrente groups.|
|Felicity Chapman, Founder Deadly Wavers, Runner-up Access Arts Achievement Award 2019. Felicity is an artist, weaver and proud Wiradjuri woman living on Ngaro country (Airlie Beach).|
|Karen Kettlewell, Client support and Wellbeing trainer, CPL - Choice, Passion Life. Karen is a Criminologist and works in the Clinical Governance Unit for CPL. She's originally from Noosa QLD, but lives in Brisbane.|
How do I enter?
Complete the online submission form and supply:
- at least two (2) clear close-up photos of the artwork;
- one (1) photo of the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artist holding his/her artwork in their arms;
- a description of the artwork (maximum 200 words) on how the artwork reflects the 2021 NAIDOC Week theme: Heal Country!
Please note that the only accepted photo format is jpgs and the accepted size of the file is between 1MB and 3MB.