NAIDOC Art Exhibition

ACRC, Blue Mountains City Council (BMCC) and the BMCC Aboriginal Advisory Committee along with members of the Community have established a NAIDOC Art Committee. The committee would like to invite Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists who have connections to the Blue Mountains to enter their work into the NAIDOC Art Exhibition. Artworks can be paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, cultural material, knitwear and more. If you have an idea for an artwork that has not been listed please contact us to discuss further.

The theme for NAIDOC this year (which may inspire artwork) is ‘Because Of Her’. This theme aims to celebrate the role of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women.

As pillars of our society, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played – and continue to play – active and significant roles at the community, local, state and national levels.

As leaders, trailblazers, politicians, activists and social change advocates, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women fought and continue to fight, for justice, equal rights, our rights to country, for law and justice, access to education, employment and to maintain and celebrate our culture, language, music and art.

They continue to influence as doctors, lawyers, teachers, electricians, chefs, nurses, architects, rangers, emergency and defence personnel, writers, volunteers, chief executive officers, actors, singer songwriters, journalists, entrepreneurs, media personalities, board members, accountants, academics, sporting icons and Olympians, the list goes on.

They are our mothers, our elders, our grandmothers, our aunties, our sisters and our daughters.

Festival Exhibition
This Exhibition will be held 10am – 4pm daily from the 21st-22nd of July 2018 at the Katoomba Leura Community Centre (old Katoomba Library).
The Exhibition will officially open Friday 20th July 2017, from 6.30 – 8.30pm.
Participating artists are invited to attend the opening night with their family and friends.

Application Details
Applicants can put forward up to four (4) artworks for the festival, with two (2) works nominated by the artist as their preferred work for display and sale. (The remaining work will be set aside and may be displayed as space permits or if their work is taken at the time of sale).
Smaller artworks, prints, cards etc. that can be displayed on tables are also welcome.
In the interest of sustainable festival practices a commission of 15% will be added to the artwork price for established and emerging artists.
Note: There is no commission on the artwork sold by children and youth.

Exhibition applications close: 5pm, Friday 29th June 2018

If you would like to apply for the NAIDOC Art Exhibition this year, please click here to download a form.

NAIDOC Awards

Many Blue Mountains Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community
members have made significant achievement or contributions locally and
beyond through music, art, culture, community, education, environment,
sport, employment and politics.

Person of the Year Awards

If you know someone in the Blue Mountains Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander community that deserves to be recognised for their achievements
or contributions, then complete this form and tell us why you wish to
nominate them for the 2017 Blue Mountains NAIDOC Awards.

If you would like to nominate somebody for the NAIDOC Awards Person of the Year Award this year,  please click here to download an application form.

Youth Award

If you know a young person, between the ages of 12-21 years, in the Blue Mountains Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community that deserves to be recognised for their achievements or contributions, then complete this form and tell us why you wish to nominate them for the 2017 Blue Mountains NAIDOC Awards.

Click here to download the nomination form.

Entries close Friday 18 June 2018.