In keeping with this year’s NAIDOC theme “Always Was, Always Will be” we are launching an art competition for kids Australia wide. The competition provides an opportunity for young artists, ages 6 -16, to explore what this theme means to them, and to share their culture, and spiritual connection to country.
The winner will be chosen by two of our Bundarra’s partner artists, Luke Mallie and Holly Sanders. Luke Mallie is a Kuku Yalanji and Kubin Village man who takes inspiration from his Indigenous heritage and tropical surroundings. He has contemporary artistic style that incorporates influences from pop culture, animation and modern design. Contemporary artist and proud Bundjalong woman Holly Sanders uses bold colours and intricate patterns to depict her Saltwater Country and express her connection to Country. Together these talented artists will choose the artwork that best reflects the theme “Always Was, Always Will Be.”
The winner will be chosen from the top five entries with the highest number of peoples choice votes. Each artwork will be uploaded to our competition page where the public can view and vote for their favourite artworks. We'd love everyone to get involved with this voting process and help support the young talented artists.
The winner will receive a $500 Bundarra voucher and will have their design printed on a limited edition Bundarra collection.100% of the profits from the sales of this collection will go to the non-for-profits ALNF (Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation), Gunawirra and Nutrition Plus. Each of these organisations make significant contributions to Indigenous children's lives through education, health and creative development.
ALNF - strives to “break the cycle of illiteracy and disadvantage for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and communities.” They are dedicated to raising language, literacy and numeracy standards in Australia.
Gunawirra - is an organisation that works with young Indigenous mothers and children, with a focus on the importance of early childhood development. They “empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people, families and communities to develop to their full potential.”
Nutrition Plus - is an “Australia wide charity whose purpose is to improve the health of Indigenous Children.” They work with schools and community groups to create community gardens and educate children about healthy eating.
Bundarra has chosen each of these non-for-profits because we recognise the significance of the community work they do. We hope that the money generated from this competition can help these organisations move forward with their projects and programs to support young Indigenous Australians.
We encourage young people to get involved and create an artwork that represents them and their connection to country. The artwork can be about their communities’ totems, ancestral stories, dancing, song lines or language. This competition is a wonderful opportunity for kids to get creative, and share their unique perspectives and talent with Australia.
For full details of the competition, to submit artworks and to vote for your favourite artworks visit the competition page here.