Aboriginal Art Award & Contemporary Cultural Objects Exhibition 2021

Entries are now open for the 2021 Saltwater Freshwater Aboriginal Art Award and contemporary cultural objects exhibition. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists who reside in the Worimi, Biripi, Dunghutti and Gumbaynggirr nations are encouraged to apply.

The 2019 art award winner was Gumbaynggirr artist YOWA for her work 'Matriarchs'.

“The winning artwork was bright and colourful with a very unique aesthetic, almost surreal, it felt like you were taken into a dream. The focal point of the artwork shows four elderly Aboriginal women on pedestals, with coastal country in the background and an iridescent sunset. The artwork reflects the current global paradigm shift in gender equality and also significant social and political push for recognition of female leadership. Pedestals are a western construct of power where white males have been predominately placed. It comes at a time where Australia is in the process of spending $3 Million on a new monument of Captain Cook in Botany Bay. I love how the artist reversed the norm and positioned black women on pedestals as a demonstration of their authority and importance within our families and community. This is a perfect example of sharing Indigenous perspectives through art.” (Amanda Hayman, Curator)

The exhibition will be opening at the Glasshouse Regional Gallery in February 2021 and touring to the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Manning Regional Gallery and finishing on Aboriginal owned land at Wadjar Regional Indigenous Gallery.

Boomalli Aboriginal Art Gallery dates to be announced soon.

Enter The Saltwater Freshwater Aboriginal Art Award

Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance invites Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists who reside in the Worimi, Biripi, Dunghutti and Gumbaynggirr nations to enter our biennial Aboriginal art award.

Entry is FREE

Please call our office on 02 6658 1315 if you would like more information

Closing date for entries extended to 30 November 2020.

Submit your work to the Contemporary Cultural Objects Exhibition

Entries are open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists living in the Worimi, Biripi, Dunghutti and Gumbaynggirr nations to submit works into our contemporary cultural objects exhibition which will exhibit and tour alongside the art award entries.

Closing date for entries has been extended to 30 November 2020.

Please call our office on 02 6658 1315 if you would like more information

Saltwater Freshwater Aboriginal Art Award & Contemporary Cultural Objects Exhibition

Touring Dates:

  • Glasshouse Regional Gallery - 27 February 2021 to 18 April 2021
  • Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery - 28 May 2021 to 6 August 2021
  • Manning Regional Gallery - 14 October 2021 to 28 November 2021
  • Wadjar Regional Indigenous Gallery - 4 December 2021 to 29 January 2022
  • Boomalli Aboriginal Art Gallery dates to be confirmed soon!!

The $5,000 art award is proudly supported by Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance Aboriginal Corporation

Saltwater Freshwater Arts 2021 is proudly supported by the Australian Government through the Indigenous Languages and Arts fund; and in collaboration with the Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Manning Regional Art Gallery and Wadjar Regional Indigenous Gallery.