ABORIGINAL ARTISTS ENCOURAGED TO ENTER AUSTRALIA’S RICHEST ABORIGINAL ART PRIZE

Nationals Member for Lismore, Thomas George today encouraged Aboriginal artists in the Lismore electorate to enter the 2013 Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize - an annual acquisitive prize of $40,000, awarded to the finest example of contemporary Aboriginal art in New South Wales. Up to $120,000 in scholarships is also offered through the University of New South Wales’ College of Fine Arts.

Entries are now open, and will be accepted up until Friday 2nd August 2013.

“Everyone from established to emerging artists will have the opportunity to compete for the coveted Prize, and for the chance to be included in an exhibition of finalists at Parliament House throughout October,” said Mr George.

“It’s a unique opportunity to share artistic visions and ideas with the public and Members of Parliament.”

Now in its eighth year, the Prize is the largest combined art prize currently on offer for Aboriginal artists in Australia and has been made possible by a partnership between the Parliament, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Arts NSW, the College of Fine Arts and Coal & Allied.

In addition to the main Prize, entrants can also choose to be considered for the College of Fine Arts Professional Development Award - a two week residency at the College and featuring a solo exhibition at COFAspace in 2013.

To be eligible for entry, artists must be 18 years or over, and must have been born in NSW, or be living here as a resident.

For more information on eligibility criteria and for full terms and conditions of entry to the Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize, visit www.campbelltownartscentre.com.au or contact Campbelltown Arts Centre on 02 4645 4100 or by email to megan.monte@campbelltown.nsw.gov.au

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577