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Annual NAIDOC Week poster competition opens to the public

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The National NAIDOC committee has has announced the opening of its annual National NAIDOC Week Poster Competition.

The 2024 theme was recently announced as 'Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud & Proud'.

Created as a unique opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists aged 16 years and over to have their artwork recognised and celebrated by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, Australia, and internationally, the NAIDOC Week Poster Competition continues to shine a light on proud First Nations creatives.

Having initially begun in 1967 when the National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) first began producing posters, the NAIDOC Week Poster Competition is recognised today as an iconic feature of National NAIDOC Week.

With several NAIDOC week posters having been exhibited by various national cultural institutions such as the National Museum of Australia, the significant social changes that have occurred since 1967 and the evolution of art over the last 56 years, continue to be reflected within these posters.

2023 NAIDOC Week poster by artist Bobbi Lockyer. (Image: supplied)

In 2024, the winning artist will receive a $10,000 cash price (tax free) and their artwork will be used as the official 2024 National NAIDOC Week Poster.

With previous winning artists having had their artwork and poster splashed across public transport, the likelihood that the 2024 artist will experience further exposure and success from their winnings is extremely likely.

In addition to the posters used, the winning artist (or group of artists) will receive a ticket for themselves and one guest to attend the National NAIDOC Awards ceremony.

This year's National NAIDOC theme celebrates the unyielding spirit of Indigenous communities and invites all to stand in solidarity, amplifying the voices of First Nations people.

2023 NAIDOC Week poster by artist Bobbi Lockyer on a light rail in Sydney. (Image: Instagram @bobbilockyer)

With previous competition winners and their work having gone viral, the National NAIDOC Committee is encouraging all eager and enthusiastic artists and creatives to submit their artwork and take part in this opportunity.

For applicant's work to be considered, participants must reflect the 2024 National NAIDOC Week theme – Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud & Proud.

Having remained committed to selecting an artwork that is as bright and colourful as it is symbolic and meaningful, the community have high hopes that the National NAIDOC Committee will select an artist whose passion for advocacy and representation is as powerful as their artwork and creative expression.

The Poster Competition closes on 22nd February 2024.

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