The Koorie Art Show

The annual Koorie Art Show is an open-entry, non-acquisitive award exhibition that showcases the diverse talent of Victoria’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. From emerging to senior artists, the exhibition represents a vibrant cross-section of Indigenous talent across film, sculpture, installation, painting, photography, weaving, feather craft and more.

This year’s winner of the Creative Victoria Award for Excellence in Any Media is Yorta Yorta artist Janet Bromley, who was awarded a cash prize of $10,000 for her work Sea View. Woven from recycled plastic, nylon and yarn, the abstracted seascape conveys the paradox of the ocean – that it is invaluable yet fraught with pollution; sublime yet frail. Based in Bendigo, Bromley employs recycled materials and discarded objects gathered from the local bush to create large installations that shine a new light on the land.

A record number of 195 entries from 115 artists were received this year, several of whom received other awards: Kelly Koumalatsos, Wergaia/Wemba Wemba, was awarded the Metro Tunnel Creative Program 2D Award; Nannette Shaw, Pyemmairrener, Boonwurrung, won the Viva Energy 3D Award; Yorta Yorta/ Gunditjmara artist Josh Muir won the Lendlease Reconciliation Award; Hunter Callaghan, Taungurung, received the RMIT University Emerging Artist Award; and Clint Lingard, Ewamian/Kuku-Yalangi, and GOTAFE Shepparton were awarded the Koorie Heritage Trust Highly Commended Award.

The judging panel this year comprised Jacob Boehme, Creative Director of Melbourne’s YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival; Mick Harding, Artist and Taungurung Elder and Hannah Presley, Curator, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.

The Koorie Art Show
8 December 2018 – 24 February 2019
Koorie Heritage Trust, Federation Square, Melbourne


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