Gosford Celebrates Australia's Roots with the Reconciliation Art Show

The NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe encourages local residents to attend the 2016 Reconciliation Art Show which is featured at the Gosford Regional Gallery from 27 May to 17 July in conjunction with National Reconciliation week.

The annual event, now into its seventeenth year, showcases Indigenous Australian culture with a broad range of participants, ranging from primary school students to experienced artists, contributing their creative work.

Team Leader, Tim Braham, has congratulated those who participated and commended the quality of their entries.

“They included more than 30 entries from Central Coast schools highlighting themes of reconciliation and Indigenous culture in the school curriculum,” said Mr Braham.

This year’s theme is Our History, Our Story, Our Future with 96 entries received and 13 prizes awarded, valued at more than $7,500. Among the prize winners, Artist Garry Purchase won the Tony Donovan First Prize worth $3,500.

The late Tony Donovan was a young Aboriginal artist living on the Central Coast at the time of the inaugural Aboriginal Artists’ Art Exhibition. He assisted Fair Trading in setting up the exhibition which included a display of some of his own exceptional art work.

Unfortunately, Tony met an untimely death shortly after the exhibition which led to the establishment the following year of the Tony Donovan Encouragement Award, in recognition of his services to the arts on the Central Coast.

Fair Trading Commissioner, Rod Stowe, said that the event is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the broad and important history of Australia’s original custodians.

“In 2000 Fair Trading set up the first art display to assist Indigenous artists in showcasing their talents and it’s fantastic to see where the project has ended up today,” said Mr Stowe.

“Paying tribute to Indigenous elders, such as Mr Donovan, through this gallery showing are a great way to acknowledge the important themes of reconciliation and reward local artists, both indigenous and non-indigenous, for their creative abilities.”

“It is also indicative of Fair Trading’s commitment to engage with and support the local indigenous community.”

The exhibition is free to attend and more information can be found at www.gosfordregionalgallery.com

 

                                                The full list of winners of the Reconciliation Art Competition

 

Category

Prize

 $ Award

Winners

Tony Donovan

First Prize

$3,500

Garry Purchase

Open Indigenous

First Prize

$1,000

Brett Parker

Non-Indigenous

First Prize

$1,000

Marijke Greenway

Collaborative Award

First Prize

$500

Shannon Cotterill & Donella Waters

Collaborative Award

Second Prize

$300

Andy Collis, Maria Watson-Trudgett & Richard Morris

Sean Lonergan Indigenous Youth

First Prize

$500

Tyson Purchase

Indigenous School Project  K -6

First Prize

$200

Gosford Primary School

Indigenous School Project  K -6

Second Prize

$50

Kincumber Public School

Indigenous School Project  7 -12

First Prize

$200

Gorokan High School

Indigenous School Project  7 -12

Second Prize

$50

Wadalba Community School

Collaborative School Project  K - 6

First Prize

$200

Gwandalan Public School

Collaborative School Project  K - 6

Second Prize

$50

Mannering Park Public School

 

Tony Donovan Prize Winner           Open Indigenous           Non-Indigenous Winner

 From left to right: 'Under the Southern Cross' by Garry Purchase, 'Songlines' by Brett Parker and 'The Girl from Borroloola' by Marijke Greenway.