Call for artistic interpretations of Wajarri country

Geoff VivianGeraldton Guardian
NAIDOC art prize organiser Raelene Clayton-Bonney.
Camera IconNAIDOC art prize organiser Raelene Clayton-Bonney. Credit: Geoff Vivian The Geraldton Guardian

Time is running out to enter a NAIDOC week art competition being run by Meenangu Wajarri Aboriginal Corporation in Geraldton.

Wajarri art prize organiser Raelene Clayton-Bonney said all indigenous people had been invited to enter a work of art.

“We are encouraging artist to articulate their interpretation of the Wajarri Country as the theme of their art piece,” she said.

She said an image from winning entry could end up being used as a logo design for the corporation.

Entries close today, July 3, at 4pm.

There is a junior category for artists aged under 16 years and senior artists 16 years and over.

Donated prizes so far included forged aluminium cookware from Mitchell & Brown; art materials from Art & Soul by the Sea and Jackson’s; and gift vouchers from Sportspower, Sportfirst and Spotlight.

Ms Clayton-Bonney said she was negotiating to display the works in a public place such as a shopping centre.

NAIDOC (which originally stood for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) is an annual recognition of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This is celebrated with a range of activities for indigenous and non indigenous people in communities across Australia.

This year NAIDOC will be observed for a week from July 7 (to July 14), with a theme of Voice Treaty Truth.

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