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The North East Water Aboriginal Art Prize

The North East Water Aboriginal Art Prize

Information about the biennial North East Water Aboriginal Art Prize.

Aboriginal Art Prize 2023

The North East Water Aboriginal Art Prize returned for 2023, with this year’s artworks displayed at Burraja Culture Centre in Wodonga in December.

The biennial exhibition showcased work from a dozen local artists with a theme of ‘Water’ and highlights the cultural importance of water in our lives.

This is our fifth art prize since 2017 and the event was an amazing opportunity to partner with our local First Nations communities to create a deeper connection with Traditional Owners, to increase our knowledge and understanding of their culture, traditions and life experiences.

Three prizes have been awarded this year:

  • Where the River Flows by Kelly Lock (Boandik Nation) – purchased by North East Water
  • Kinship Spirit Flowers by Dr Treahna Hamm (Yorta Yorta) – purchased by NECMA
  • Murra Way by Darren Wighton (Wiradjuri) purchased by AGIG Australian Gas Infrastructure Group

Artist Kelly Lock (Boandik Nation) with North East Water Chair Stephen Brown and Managing Director Jo Murdoch. Art: Where the River Flows (North East Water Art Prize winner 2023)

About the partnership

The North East Water Aboriginal Art Prize is a local partnership between Murray Arts, Burrja Gallery, Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service, North East Water, North East CMA and the Australian Gas Infrastructure Group.

These organisations recognise the strong cultural connection that First Nations people have to the land and water within the region and acknowledge the traditional history, culture, stories and songlines connected to place. The Art Prize is an opportunity to engage with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and to showcase the strong creative community existing in our region.