At CPL, we have a strong respect and value for First Nations peoples and cultures in the communities we serve.

As part of our commitment to building meaningful relationships and opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, CPL Group and Cootharinga once again holding its annual NAIDOC Art Competition.

Held to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2022, the competition aims to bring together First Nations artists to showcase their artwork and start important conversations about their culture and backgrounds.


Creative Ability - artists who are new to their craft and are at a beginner level Winner: Norah Sabo

Up-and-Coming - artists who are skilled in their craft and are at an intermediate level or above Winner: Ken Gow


Who can enter?

We are looking for artists across Australia of all ages and experience. You don’t have to be a CPL or Cootharinga client to enter, but we’d love to see some of our clients’ artworks too!

Artists must:

  • Be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • Be an individual aged 10 years or older

Please note, no group entries (two or more people) will be accepted.

How does it work?

The theme of the artwork needs to reflect the NAIDOC Week 2022, Get up! Stand up! Show up!.

Artworks can be of painting, graphic design or drawing artistic mediums, submitted in one of the two categories: Creative Ability or Up-and-Coming Artist

  • Creative Ability: Beginner level
  • Up-and-Coming Artist: Intermediate level or above

All entries are judged by nominees from CPL Group and a selection of Indigenous artists.

What do artists receive?

The winning artists will receive cash prizes and acknowledgement across CPL Group’s social media platforms and website.

Competition Guidelines

Terms & Conditions


Artwork featured at the top of the page is reproduced with permission from Jesse Sutton, winner of the up-and-coming artist category of the NAIDOC Art Competition in 2021.