Entries to open for Indigenous Art Awards

Published on 04 December 2020


Entries will open next week (December 7) for the 2021 Maari Ma Indigenous Art Awards (MMIAA).

The aim of the Awards is to provide an opportunity to showcase and celebrate art works and creativity in the Far West by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists residing in the Murdi Paaki Region.

Over $5000 in prizes will be available this year, with $2000 for first prize, $1000 for runner up, and $1000 for both the Emerging Artist Award, and the female-only Nhuungku Prize for Excellence. The best young artist will also win an $800 art pack.

This year's competition will be judged by Ngiyampaa woman and assistant curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Erin Vink.

Ms Vink has an extensive curatorial background, has written and featured in a number of art publications, and is an alumni member of the prestigious Wesfarmers Indigenous Arts Leadership Program.

The Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery and West Darling Arts can provide one on one support to assist with entry, advice on materials, assistance filling in forms, or advice with pricing of work.

A limited number of canvases are also available through West Darling Arts (WDA). Those in need of a canvas can contact Executive Director of WDA, Cathy Farry, on (08) 8087 9035, or message the WDA Facebook.

Those seeking further information or wishing to enter can visit: https://www.bhartgallery.com.au/Whats-On/Maari-Ma-Indigenous-Art-Awards

Entry forms are also available at the Art Gallery or via West Darling Arts.

Artworks entered can be in any medium on any theme, and entries are due to the Regional Art Gallery by Tuesday 16th February 2021, with Prize announcements set for Friday 26th February 2021.

MMIAA is presented in collaboration with the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, Maari Ma Aboriginal Health Corporation and West Darling Arts.