Aboriginal Art Award & Contemporary Cultural Objects

This biennial art award and contemporary cultural objects exhibition began in 2017, and continues to provide a valuable platform for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from the Mid North Coast region.

2020 had a huge impact on the world and vastly changed the way we create & engage with the arts. This exhibition is a testament to our resilience and our undeniable need for cultural expression. This multidisciplinary display speaks to the holistic nature of Aboriginal culture that’s deeply embedded in the lands & identity of First Nation peoples from Worimi, Biripi, Dunghutti & Gumbaynggirr nations.’ Alison Williams, curator Saltwater Freshwater Arts 2021.

This year’s exhibition includes a stunning showcase of fibre art fashion pieces created by weavers from across the Saltwater Freshwater region, project supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

Read more about the project here.

The art award is proudly supported by the Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance Aboriginal Corporation: the touring exhibition and public program are supported through the Australian Government’s Indigenous Languages and Arts program and the NSW Government through Create NSW, and in collaboration with our gallery partners; the Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Manning Regional Art Gallery and Wadjar Regional Indigenous Gallery.