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Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize 2014 closing soon

Aboriginal artists, 18 years and over  born in or from New South Wales, have just two more weeks to enter the Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize closing on 1 August.

With total prize money of $40,000 the award is organised by the Parliament of New South Wales in partnership with Campbelltown City Council, the NSW Government through Arts NSW, the College of Fine Arts (COFA) University of New South Wales and Coal & Allied.  COFA offers an Aboriginal Arts Residency as part of the prize including the opportunity for artists who enter the competition to hold a solo exhibition during the Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize in 2015.

Speaking after winning the major prize last year with her work January 26, Day of Mourning, Karla Dickens, who now lives in Wollombi in the Hunter Valley, said she had hand sewn her grief, one cross after another, into the Australian flag she found at a rubbish tip.

‘The majority of Australia celebrates 26 January by wrapping themselves in the red, white and blue flag, having barbecues and feeling proud to be young and free,’ Dickens said.

‘I cringe, stay close to dear friends, do all I can not to leave the house and respectfully hold my grief – grief for the old, grief for the continuous denial, grief for the disrespect, grief for the lack of acknowledgement and the poor choice of the day to celebrate,’ she said.

An exhibition of works by 35 finalists in paints, inks, pencils, fabrics, paper, carvings, sculptures and digital prints has toured a number of regional areas in the state and is currently on at Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre until 3 August.

Judges for the 2014 prize are Sebastian Goldspink, Alexia Glass-Kantor, Jess Oliveri and Kath Fries.

Full details on how to enter the competition are available from the Campbelltown City Council’s website.