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46th Katherine Art Prize

AT THE KATHERINE Show in 1975, generous benefactors Jeanette and Brian Lambert founded the Katherine Art Prize, chipping in $500 for an art award to acknowledge and celebrate Territory artists.

A huge 46 years later, this locals lovin’ award is still going strong.

Held annually at Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre (GYRACC), the Katherine Art Prize is the longest running art award in the Territory.

With $8,750 in prizes up for grabs this year, the event encourages professional and emerging artists and students to develop their practice and showcase their talents and skills to the region, through two and three-dimensional artworks.

GYRACC’s Interim CEO Toni Tapp Coutts says the org is honoured to continue the tradition.

“Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre is very proud to be the keeper of this prestigious Territory Art Prize. It is a prize for all Territory residents across all genres of art practices.”

The number of works submitted to the awards varies each year, with about 120 works put forward in 2020. Awards are broken into five categories, with some serious cash up for grabs.

The overall winner – as judged by Dr Joanna Barrkman, Curator of CDU Art Collection and Art Gallery, and renowned practicing artist, experienced writer, portrait photographer and graphic designer, Therese Ritchie – will score a tidy $5,000, the award now sponsored by Katherine business folk Geoffrey and Julie Newton.

This year also sees the introduction of the Creative Jewellery Award, a first to recognise the art of jewellery making in the NT, as well as the Keith & Florence Payne National Schools Indigenous Art Awards to give young Indigenous people the chance to explore careers in the creative industries.

Head along to GYRACC and admire some incredible Territory talent under lights.


46th Katherine Art Prize
WHEN
FRI 19 NOV – FRI 17 DEC | OPENING FRI 19 NOV, 6PM
AT GODINYMAYIN YIJARD RIVERS ARTS & CULTURE CENTRE
INFO gyracc.org.au

Thumbnail & header: 2020 judges Sharon Hillen and Chips Mackinolty with winning submission, 'Out of Darkness - Bush Cockroach' by Katie Bradley

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