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Friday, 16th February, 2018

Indigenous artist Jade Cicak. PICTURE: Emily Roberts Indigenous artist Jade Cicak. PICTURE: Emily Roberts

Entries for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Prize are now open.

Indigenous locals are being encouraged to enter in the Far West Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Prize 2018 for a chance to share in the $5,000 prize pool.

There are awards for Open 2D, Open 3D, Young Artist and Encouragement.

Aboriginal artist Jade Cicak entered the art prize last year.

“My school teacher encouraged me to enter after a couple of students, from Menindee, entered the year before,” she said.

“I entered and had a go. I got an encouragement award. 

“I’m entering this year, I’ve got something a little bit different from what I usually do - it’s a secret.

“It’s good to have opportunities like this as a young artist.

“When I first entered I realised it would also help me make more connections in the industry. It can help you to take it further as an artist.”

Maari Ma’s Justin Files said it was a great platform for Indigenous locals.

“I would encourage everyone in the Indigenous community to spread the word and encourage everyone and anyone we know that has an interest in art to participate,” he said.

“More importantly we can share some of the amazing insight and ideas of the indigenous people in the Far West.

“We have to share our stories that come from the oldest living culture in the world.

“It’s a fantastic platform to showcase Indigenous art and culture from the Darling River.” 

The art prize is sponsored by Broken Hill City Council, Maari Ma Health, West Darling Arts and Create NSW.

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