Aboriginal Art Award & Touring Exhibition

The region's premier Aboriginal art award and contemporary cultural objects exhibition opened at the  Glasshouse in Port Macquarie on 24th May 2019.

Gumbaynggirr artist YOWA was announced as this years art award winner by Aboriginal independent curator, Amanda Hayman from Blaklash Projects. YOWA was awarded $5,000 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.”

The exhibition is touring to the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Manning Regional Gallery and finishing on Aboriginal owned land at Wadjar Regional Indigenous Gallery.


Enter The Saltwater Freshwater Aboriginal Art Award

Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance (SWFW) invites Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists who reside in the Worimi, Biripi, and Dhanggatti and Gumbaynggirr nations to enter this biennial award.

Entry is FREE and submissions close at 4.00pm Friday 29 March 2019

Submit your work to the Contemporary Cultural Objects Exhibition

Expressions of interest are also open to artists to submit works into our contemporary cultural objects exhibition which will exhibit and tour alongside the art award entries.

Please call our office on 02 6658 1315 for more information

Saltwater Freshwater Art Award & Contemporary Cultural Objects Exhibition

Touring Dates:

  • Glasshouse Regional Gallery - 24 May to 6 July 2019
  • Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery - 19 July  to 14 September 2019
  • Manning Regional Gallery - 18 October to 30 November 2019
  • Wadjar Aboriginal Art Gallery - 14 December to 8 February 2020

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

Saltwater Freshwater Arts 2019 is made possible with the support of the NSW Government's regional cultural fund; and in collaboration with the Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Manning Regional Art Gallery and Wadjar Indigenous Art Gallery.