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Artwork of melted ice cream in the shape of Planet earth

Exhibition: Earth Footprint

Created by artists from Access Arts’ Brisbane Outsider Artists, Digital Media and Professional Artists’ Workshop, Earth Footprint is the third exhibition within the walls of St Andrew’s War Memorial…

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A section of an Indigenous artwork by Murri Art (Luke Duffy)

NAIDOC Week Art Competition

As part of our commitment to building meaningful relationships and opportunities for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, Access Arts has partnered with CPL – Choice, Passion, Life and Cootharinga North Queensland to hold our first NAIDOC Week Art Competition

Who can enter?

We are looking for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artists of all experience levels to showcase their artwork and start important conversations about their culture and backgrounds. You don’t have to be an Access Arts participant to submit your artwork, but we would love to see some of our own artist showcase their work!

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artists submitting artwork must:

  • be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent;
  • identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander;
  • be an individual aged 10 years or older;

Please note, no group entries (three or more people) will be accepted.

How does it work?

The theme of the artwork needs to reflect the 2021 NAIDOC Week theme: Heal Country!

Artworks can be of painting, sculpture or drawing artistic mediums, submitted in one of the two categories: Creative Ability or Up-and-Coming Artist

Creative Ability: For artists who are new to their craft and are at a beginner level

  • Winner: $350 VISA gift card
  • Runner-Up: $150 VISA gift card

Up-and-Coming Artist: For artists who are skilled in their craft and are at an intermediate level or above

  • Winner: $2500 cash
  • Runner-Up: $1500 cash

Read the Terms and Conditions.


Judging Panel

All entries will be judged by representatives from the CPL Group, with winning entries announced across Access Arts, CPL – Choice, Passion, Life and Cootharinga North Queensland’s social media platforms and websites during NAIDOC Week, 4 -11 July 2021.

Headshot of Sophia Sambone. She has short dark hair and is wearing a thick beaded necklace and green blouse.

Sophia Sambono

Associate Curator Indigenous Australian Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art. Sophia is a descendant of the Jingili people with family connections from Elliot/Newcastle Waters to Darwin, Daly River and the Tiwi Islands.
A professional headshot of Fiona. She has short dark hair and is wearing glasses and a patterned blouse.

Fiona Hill

Area Manager – Mount Isa and North West, Cootharinga North Queensland. Fiona is an Artist, painter and descendant of the Waluwarra, Yirendali, Ngawun and Arrente groups.
A cropped photo of Felicity wearing a sleeveless blue blouse and red glasses. She has short dark grey hair

Felicity Chapman

Founder Deadly Wavers, Runner-up Access Arts Achievement Award 2019. Felicity is an artist, weaver and proud Wiradjuri woman living on Ngaro country (Airlie Beach).
Close up photo of Karen's face. She has long blonde hair.

Karen Kettlewell

Client support and Wellbeing trainer, CPL – Choice, Passion Life. Karen is a Criminologist and works in the Clinical Governance Unit for CPL. She’s originally from Noosa QLD, but lives in Brisbane.

How do I enter?

Complete the online submission form and supply:
  • at least two (2) clear close-up photos of the artwork;
  • one (1) photo of the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artist holding his/her artwork in their arms;
  • a description of the artwork (maximum 200 words) on how the artwork reflects the 2021 NAIDOC Week theme: Heal Country!
Please note that the only accepted photo format is jpgs and the accepted size of the file is between 1MB and 3MB.
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The Queensland Government has extended lockdown in South East Queensland in response to new COVID-19 cases in Brisbane.
Access Arts workshops will not proceed this week.