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The 7th Koorie Art Show


Thu 12 Dec 2019, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 23 Feb 2020, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Koorie Heritage Trust Inc, The Yarra Building, Federation Square, Cnr Flinders & Swanston Streets, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free
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The Koorie Art Show is an annual Award and exhibition and is the only exhibition in Victoria dedicated to showcasing the work of Koorie and Victorian based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. 90 artists from across Victoria submitted works for this year's award.

Wergaia, Wemba Wemba artist Kelly Koumalatsos is the winner of the prestigious the Koorie Art Show, Creative Victoria Award for Excellence in Any Media. She has been awarded a cash prize of $10,000 for her work Portrait Of Sister In Laws; Wemba Wemba Great Aunty Frieda Stewart And Wergaia Great Grandmother Eleanor Stewart, 2019.

In her statement about her work, Koumalatsos says, "this blouse is a portrait of my ancestors-the possum fur printed blouse from the late 1800's to the early 1900's. It represents the strength of the woman in my family and their ability to do more than simply survive the oppression of the times. The possum fur print symbolises the cultural identity of Granny and Aunty regardless of the colonising life that was around them. Granny who was born on Ebenezer Mission in 1887 and was a strong and determined woman who had kept her own dictionary of Wergaia language. The photograph was taken early 1900's.

The judging panel for the 7th Koorie Art Show are: Aunty Esther Kirby OAM (Yorta Yorta and Wiradjuri), Elder and Artist; Myles Russell-Cook, Curator Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Victoria; and Steven Rhall (Taungurung), artist and academic.

"This year's awards were absolutely some of the best work at the Koori Heritage Trust Art Show. It was extremely hard to make a decision, with so many high-quality works. All artists should be congratulated on their exceptional work," said the judging panel.

With a total prize pool of $32,000, the Award Judges are also delighted to announce to announce Peter Waples-Crowe, Ngarigo as winner of the Metro Tunnel Creative Program 2D Award $5,000; Ngardang Girri Kalat Mimini Victorian Indigenous Women's and Trans Diverse Art Collective as winner of the Viva Energy 3D Award $5,000; Kait James, Wadawurrung as winner of the Lendlease Reconciliation Award $5,000; Tammy Gilson, Wadawurrung as winner of the RMIT University Emerging Artist Award $3,000; Greg Muir, Yorta Yorta and Tanisha Lovett, Wotjobaluk, Gunditjmara as winners of the Koorie Heritage Trust Highly Commended Award x2 $500 each.

The Koorie Heritage Trust People’s Choice Award $1,000 will be announced at the close of the exhibition.

"The calibre and incredible range of work is indicative of a flourishing contemporary Koorie art scene here in Victoria," says Tom Mosby, CEO, Koorie Heritage Trust. "The show also continues the Koorie Heritage Trust’s role of incubating, nurturing and promoting Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and artists to the broadest possible audience."

The Koorie Art Show is a Victorian Government initiative through Creative Victoria in partnership with the Koorie Heritage Trust. The 7th Koorie Art Show has been generously supported by the Metro Tunnel Creative Program, Viva Energy Australia, Lendlease and RMIT University.