Presented by the Koorie Heritage Trust, ‘The Koorie Art Show’ is an annual open-entry, non-acquisitive awards exhibition, showcasing the works of emerging to senior, Koorie and Victorian-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
With a record number of over 195 entries from 115 artists received from across regional Victoria to central Melbourne, ‘The Koorie Art Show 2018’ showcases a display of contemporary and traditional styles and mediums, including painting, photography, sculpture, fibre and digital mixed media works.
On Saturday 8 December, Janet Bromley, Yorta Yorta was announced the winner of the Creative Victoria Award for Excellence in Any Media, receiving a cash prize of $10,000 for her work, Sea View. Bromley’s large installations comprise of recycled and found materials. In her search for these pieces of discarded objects, such as the plastic, nylon and yarn used in her winning work, Bromley often finds herself in the local bush, contemplating the horizon.
With a total prize pool of $30,000, the 2018 judging panel – 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 – were also tasked with selecting the winners of sub-categories: Metro Tunnel Creative Program 2D Award $5,000, Viva Energy 3D Award $5,000, Lendlease Reconciliation Award $5,000, RMIT University Emerging Artist Award $3,000, and Koorie Heritage Trust Highly Commended Award x2 $500 each. Kelly Koumalatsos (Wergaia/Wemba Wemba), Nannette Shaw (Pyemmairrener, Boonwurrung), Josh Muir (Yorta Yorta/ Gunditjmara), Hunter Callaghan (Taungurung), and Clint Lingard (Ewamian/Kuku-Yalangi) and GOTAFE Shepparton sequentially received the honours.
The Koorie Heritage Trust People’s Choice Award $1,000 will be announced at the close of the exhibition.
All works are available for sale to the public.
‘The Koorie Art Show 2018’ runs until 24 February 2019 at the Koorie Heritage Trust, Yarra Building, Federation Square, Melbourne.