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2013 Parliament Prize Visits Outback Arts

Karla Dickens’ January 26, Day of Mourning has been announced as the 2013 Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize winner. The work transforms an old Australian flag, which has been embroidered and embellished by the artist.

Artworks from NSW aboriginal artists are on exhibition at the Outback Arts Gallery with the arrival of the 2013 Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize Exhibition visiting the centre.

Featuring 30 works in a variety of mediums including textiles, painting, photography, ceramics and etching. Outback Arts Regional Development Officer Jamie-Lea Hodges is thrilled to have the Prize exhibiting in their region, as it highlights contemporary Aboriginal art.

“To have an exhibition of this quality in a regional centre is amazing,”she says. “To have this exhibition in our region of the state is fantastic and I’m so pleased that we are hosting this show.”

With many of the exhibiting artists from Western NSW, some within our Outback Arts region and neighbouring communities the opportunity for the works to be shown closer to home for some of those artists is wonderful and perhaps they will be able to visit the gallery and view the works.”

“The exhibition showcases the diversity of contemporary Aboriginal art being created by both emerging and established artists. The works reflect social and political issues with rich creativity and passion through contemporary forms and styles, challenging views of what Aboriginal Art is and can be in today’s society.

An issue, Jamie-Lea says, is an important one in helping reconcile what it means to be an Aboriginal artist in modern day Australia. “Each artwork is different in their style and their message but they all acknowledge their history as an Australian and as an Aboriginal Australian and I think that’s a really powerful message to share.”

 

The project was made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, which supports sustainable cultural development in regional, rural and remote Australia to give artists and communities better access to opportunities to practice and experience the arts.