With only two weeks remaining to submit for the 2015 MAX Indigenous Art Competition
, entries are flooding in, competing for the top prize of $2,000 cash and an all-expenses-paid* trip to Sydney for the finalists’ exhibition opening in November.
The Major Prize winner will receive $2,000 cash, with the Youth Category winner receiving $1,000 in prizes.
The competition judging panel will select two major prize winners along with 10 finalists to feature in a group exhibition in November at Sydney’s National Centre of Indigenous Excellence. All finalists’ artwork will feature in a calendar given to attendees on opening night.
The competition seeks to encourage, showcase and celebrate the incredible local talent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in the communities we work in.
MAX Solutions Managing Director Deborah Homewood said the organisation is eager to celebrate the diversity and tradition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artwork.
“The Indigenous art competition is an opportunity to pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their connection to land and sea,”
Ms Homewood said.
For MAX Employment Nerang job seeker Jacinda Washington, her status as a finalist in last year’s competition has opened doors for her to showcase her art in other ways.
“To be selected as a finalist was a great achievement for me. I’m now teaching art workshops around South-East Queensland.
“I usually teach young ones and people with disability, but I’ve also taught people who have struggled with unemployment for long periods of time and people that are transitioning from prison,”
Jacinda hails from the Wulli Wulli people of the South Burnett region, and said her art workshops are an escape for the participants, and foster a supportive and collaborative atmosphere.
“Aboriginal art is always about storytelling. So while they’re painting they share stories and inspire each other. It’s all about healing and sharing,”
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.