An Indigenous artist from Mt Isa in North-West Queensland has won the prestigious national NAIDOC Poster Competition for 2010.
The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, and National NAIDOC Committee Co-chairs Anne Martin and Ben Mitchell, announced today that Sheree Blackley’s artwork Unsung Heroes – Leading Through Example won the competition.
Ms Macklin said Ms Blackley would receive $5000 and her artwork would be used to publicise NAIDOC Week from 4-11 July.
“Ms Blackley’s artwork will feature on the official NAIDOC Week poster, which will be displayed in schools, workplaces, and community organisations across Australia,” Ms Macklin said.
“I congratulate Ms Blackley and thank all the talented artists who took part in this year’s NAIDOC Poster Competition.”
Ms Martin said the entries had to reflect the theme, ‘Unsung Heroes – Closing the Gap by Leading their Way’.
“We received a lot of quality entries this year and the committee all agreed that Ms Blackley’s artwork was very powerful,” Ms Martin said.
“Her artwork clearly illustrated this years theme in a way that all families could relate to – leading by example and following a pathway to success.”
Ms Blackley said her artwork, which uses acrylic on canvas, depicts an Aboriginal mother who is an unsung hero leading her children through example, showing that actions speak louder than words.
“The dot work illustrates nurturing and teaching from birth, always guiding our children towards closing the gap, towards success for those who stay on the path,” Ms Blackley said.
Jenny Macklin MP
Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs