Expression of Interest: National ATSI Art Prize Launched in NSW

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Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Art Prize, to showcase and celebrate the outstanding contribution ATSI artists continue to make to Australian culture. 

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has launched the inaugural national King & Wood Mallesons Award. The international law firm is honoured to collaborate with Exhibition Patron, highly accomplished curator, writer and artist Djon Mundine OAM, and an expert judging panel including artist Vernon Ah Kee and accomplished curators Sharni Jones and Cara Pinchbeck.

An exhibition of shortlisted finalists will be held from September 5 – 27 2018 in the NSW Parliament’s Fountain Court, including the Reconciliation Wall. Unlike the New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize which concluded in 2015, the KWM Contemporary Art Prize is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists nationally and is independently funded. It is intended to be a biennial competition held over at least six years and will be exhibited in a different state successfully.

Three prizes will be awarded to artists from the Exhibition:

  • King & Wood Mallesons Contemporary ATSI Art Prize valued at $25,000, open nationally.
  • King & Wood Mallesons will also present a $5,000 NSW Local Artist Award.
  • People’s Choice Award, valued at $2,000, will be presented based on votes by visitors over the course of the exhibition.
  • Each prize is non-acquisitive. Several Highly Commended awards may also be announced.

Expressions of Interest forms are due on 19 July 2018.

Djon Mundine welcomed the initiative by the firm and urged Aboriginal and Torres Straight artists to participate. “Aboriginal Art is art made by Aboriginals across all forms of expression, all genders and ages. Being Aboriginal today is a time fraught with tensions and dangers but ambiguously exciting and charged with potential. Our dreaming brought us into being at the beginning of time, guides us through our complex present and positively into the future. Our practice is evolving and in a constant state of flux, and deeply relevant in allowing our ‘first voice’, and speaking to universal human condition.” he said.

The Contemporary ATSI Art Prize and NSW Local Artist Award will be presented at the Exhibition’s showcase event on 20 September, 2018.

Further information about the Art Prize including the Expressions of Interest form can be found on the exhibition website:

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