Proud Wiradjuri Aboriginal woman, Joanne Cassady, is the winner of this year’s esteemed National NAIDOC Poster Competition.
As the winner, Ms Cassady will have her artwork, titled: Your Tribe, My Tribe, Our Nation displayed on the 2017 National NAIDOC Poster and receive a $5,000 cash prize. The poster will be distributed across the country to promote NAIDOC Week 2017, which runs from 2-9 July.
The competition called for Artists to submit an artwork which represented their interpretation of the 2017 National NAIDOC theme: Our Languages Matter.
Ms Cassady’s winning artwork represents some of the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and nations across Australia. Ms Cassady is an advocate for keeping language alive and believes that teaching kids their language, it is so important.
Of winning the competition, Ms Cassady said “I feel very proud. I have met a goal that I wanted to achieve and my Nan would also have been so proud of me”
There were more than 150 entries this year, and the National NAIDOC Committee had a difficult time selecting just one winner. Committee Co-Chairs Anne Martin and Benjamin Mitchell congratulate Ms Cassady on her winning entry and thank all the many talented artists who submitted their artwork in this year’s competition.
“The Committee felt that Ms Cassidy’s artwork was not only eye catching, but importantly carried an important message – really highlighting the breadth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages across our country.” Mr Mitchell said.
“We received so many wonderful pieces of artwork this year and appreciate the effort all the artists put into their entries” Ms Martin said.
Free copies of the 2017 National NAIDOC Poster will be available through the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinets regional network and Australia Post outlets soon.
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