Winners announced for KWM’s inaugural Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Prize

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King & Wood Mallesons is delighted to announce the winners of the inaugural King & Wood Mallesons Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Art Prize:

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) Contemporary ATSI Art Prize valued at $25,000:

  • Teena McCarthy, Kopi in the Mourning

NSW Local Artists Award valued at $5,000:

  • Amala Groom and Nicole Monks, Reframed

Highly Commended:

  • John Prince Siddon, Dead Babies
  • Ngarralja Tommy May, Yangkunja Hill.

An exhibition of the winning pieces as well as the works of the other 28 finalists will be held from September 5 – 27 in the Fountain Court of the Parliament of New South Wales, including the Reconciliation Wall.

The Contemporary ATSI Art Prize was launched in May this year to celebrate the outstanding contribution Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander artists make to Australian culture. It is intended to be a biennial competition held over at least 6 years and will be exhibited in a different Australian capital city on each occasion.

KWM was fortunate to partner with highly accomplished Exhibition Patron and curator, writer and artist Djon Mundine OAM, and esteemed judging panel comprised of artist Vernon Ah Kee and curators Sharni Jones and Cara Pinchbeck.

KWM Chief Executive Partner, Australia, Berkeley Cox said the firm was thrilled with the positive response from the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander art community:

"On behalf of KWM and our esteemed judging panel, I want to thank and congratulate all winners and finalists. We were inspired by the calibre and diversity of the art works submitted for the inaugural Exhibition which represent the highest standards of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander art in Australia."

"Organising and sponsoring the Contemporary ATSI Art Prize is one of the many ways in which KWM is acting on our commitment to achieve meaningful reconciliation and empowerment and we hope it has created a meaningful platform to showcase and celebrate the outstanding contribution Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander artists continue to make to Australian society."