Proud Bigambul woman, Cheryl Moggs, from Goondiwindi is the winner of the prestigious 2018 National NAIDOC Poster Competition.
As the winner, Cheryl will have her artwork, tarmunggie – Woman, displayed as the 2018 National NAIDOC Poster and receive a $10,000 case prize. The poster will be distributed across the country to promote NAIDOC Week 2018, which runs from 8-15 July.
As a first for any NAIDOC competition winner, Cheryl’s original artwork will also be displayed in Parliament House.
Artists entering the competition were asked to submit an artwork which represented their interpretation of this year’s NAIDOC theme – Because of her – we can!
This year’s theme obviously struck a strong chord, with over 200 entries received. With this unprecedented interest, the NAIDOC Committee had their work cut out in choosing a winner, making Cheryl’s achievement even more remarkable.
Cheryl didn’t expect to win this year’s competition, sharing with us ‘I was totally taken by surprise!’
‘The artwork is a personal thank you to all our women, across all nations. It’s also to educate people on the impacts of history.’
Cheryl’s painting portrays the courage and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, across the ripples of fresh and salt water, the travel pathways and songlines of traditional lands and skies to take up the fight for equality, justice, civil rights and social change.
‘It’s a way of looking back on history, including the 1939 Day of Mourning, 1967 Referendum and 1965 Freedom Rides amongst others, but also taking us forward.’
Cheryl hopes her artwork will inspire people to continue the fight and to make a change. As an art teacher for many years, Cheryl is passionate about education and would like to focus more on her artwork.
As a local champion for NAIDOC week in Goondiwindi, she has been part of the celebrations for many years as a NAIDOC Committee member who this year will present a Welcome to Country and speech for Goondiwindi NAIDOC celebrations.
Co-Chairs Anne Martin and Benjamin Mitchell congratulate Cheryl on her winning entry, and thank all talented artists who submitted their artwork in this year’s competition.
To find out how to obtain your free copy of the 2018 National NAIDOC Poster, contact your closest Regional Network office.
Find out more detail on Cheryl Moggs’ painting with a behind the scenes story of each element and symbols.