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NAIDOC Week Art Competition 2021

As part of our commitment to building meaningful relationships and opportunities for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, Cootharinga North Queensland has partnered with Access Arts and CPL – Choice, Passion, Life to hold our second NAIDOC Week Art Competition

Entries are now CLOSED

Thank you to all artists who entered this years'  NAIDOC Week Art Competition. We look forward to announcing the results by the 11th of July on our social media platform.

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 Cootharinga North Queensland to submit your artwork, but we would love to see some of our own artists 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

  • 1st Place: $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

  • 1st Place: $2500 cash
  • 2nd Place: $1500 cash

You can read about the terms and conditions here. All entries will be judged by representatives of the CPL Group, with winning entries announced across Cootharinga North Queensland, Access Arts and CPL - Choice, Passion, Life's social media platforms and website during NAIDOC Week, 4 -11 July 2021.

Judging panel

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.



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