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Maari Ma Indigenous Art Awards - a huge success!

More than 800 locals enjoyed the Maari Ma Indigenous Art Award event held on the 28th February at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists residing in the Far West region of NSW, were invited to submit entries for the Art Awards.

The Awards, facilitated by West Darling Arts, were open to Indigenous people living in the Murdi Paaki Region including: Bourke, Brewarrina, Walgett, Broken Hill, Cobar, Coonamble, Ivanhoe, Lightening Ridge, Menindee, Wentworth/Dareton.

The 2020 competition included a $5,000 first prize, $2,000 second prize, $1,000 emerging artist award, and a $1,000 young artist award.

The Nhuungku Prize for Excellence, was introduced as an acknowledgement to indigenous women. Dr Bianca Beetson awarded First Prize to Marcus Kennedy, 2nd Prize to Clinton Kemp, the Nhuugku Women’s Prize to Rally Doyle, Emerging Artist Prize to Brady Prescott and the Young Artist Prize to Wilcannia Secondary School.