22 June - 03 August 2014
The richest art incentive on offer for Aboriginal artists in Australia, the 2013 Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize is a spectacular showcase of Aboriginal art, culture and creativity. The exhibition features works by 35 finalists in paints, inks, pencils, fabrics, paper, carvings, sculptures and digital prints, used to communicate themes from both the traditional and natural world to more contemporary social and political issues.
Featured is the 2013 winner of the Coal & Allied $40,000.00 first prize, Karla Dickens’ “January 26, Day of Mourning”. This fascinating work includes a vintage Australian flag embroidered with Aboriginal symbols. Commenting on her winning work “January26, Day of Mourning’ Karla said “The majority of Australia celebrates 26 January…I cringe,… and respectfully hold my grief – the grief for the old, grief for the continuous denial, grief for the disrespect, grief for the lack of acknowledgement and the poor choice of the day to celebrate. After finding the flag at the tip, I went about handsewing my grief, with one cross after another. Unfortunately, it’s only a small gesture to reflect the true loss.”
The Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize 2013 is an expression of the continuing support of Aboriginal artists in NSW by the Parliament through Arts New South Wales and is a touring exhibition presented by the Campbelltown Arts Centre with sponsorship from Coal & Allied and the College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales.
The Finalists in the Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize 2013 come from across the State and works in the exhibition are for sale. The exhibition is part of the Muswellbrook Shire Council’s official 2014 NAIDOC Week Celebrations.