Submission for the 2014 Indigenous Art Competition - Wet Sand by Zac Bennett-Brook
To celebrate NAIDOC Week 2015, MAX Solutions is excited to announce the launch of the 2015 MAX Indigenous Art Competition.
Entries are now open for the 2015 competition, with all forms of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artwork accepted.
This year the major prize winner will receive $2,000 cash, with a Youth Category winner receiving $1,000 in prizes.
The competition panel will select two major prize winners along with 10 finalists to feature in a group exhibition in November, with all finalists’ artwork to be featured in the MAX 2016 calendar.
"We're eager to once again celebrate the diversity and tradition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art forms," said MAX Solutions Managing Director Deborah Homewood.
"The theme for this year's NAIDOC week has a focus on the strong spiritual and cultural connection Indigenous Australians have to land and sea. It's a theme that has resonated strongly in previous competition submissions,
“It's is an opportunity to pay respect to those who preserve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures," she said.
2014 Indigenous Art Competition finalist Zac Bennett-Brook said his connection to the ocean was an important part of his culture, which is why it continued to come through strongly in his submission.
“My piece last year drew from my connection with the sea. Being a surfer I spend a lot of time out on the water watching the waves. It’s my meeting place, so I try and portray that in my art.
“My background is Torres Strait Islander, but I was born and raised in Dharawal country, which is Wollongong. I’ve always been around the ocean so it’s a big part of my life,” he said.
Entries for the 2015 Indigenous Art Competition close August 30 and are open to all artists from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent. For more information or to submit your artwork, please visit maxsolutions.com.au/artcomp.
Zac Bennett-Brook with an original piece