Aboriginal Art Award & Contemporary Cultural Objects Exhibition

Saltwater Freshwater is a biennial art award and contemporary cultural objects exhibition that was established 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 and 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

Applications have now closed for the 2023 Exhibition

2023-2024 Touring Exhibition

Our exhibition will be touring the Mid North Coast from August 2023 to July 2024.

Sydney
19 Aug 2023 to 8 Oct 2023
19 Aug 2023 to 8 Oct 2023
Yarrawarra
20 Oct 2023 to 25 Nov 2023
20 Oct 2023 to 25 Nov 2023
Taree
8 Dec 2023 to 28 Jan 2024
8 Dec 2023 to 28 Jan 2024
Port Macquarie
3 Feb 2024 to 5 May 2024
3 Feb 2024 to 5 May 2024
Coffs Harbour
8 June 2024 to 28 July 2024
8 June 2024 to 28 July 2024
Kempsey
10 Aug to 23 Sept 2024
10 Aug to 23 Sept 2024

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.