Lismore Regional Gallery and The Koori Mail are calling out for entries to the inaugural Koori Mail Indigenous Art Award 2021, a new art prize open to artists of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent. The Award aims to encourage entries from established, mid-career, and emerging Indigenous artists from across the country working in any medium. It is a non-acquisitive award that is free to enter. Entries are submitted online and close at midnight AEST on Friday 24 September, 2021. The winner will be announced at Lismore Regional Gallery on Saturday 4 December, 2021. The winning work and finalist works will be on exhibition at the gallery from 4 December 2021 to 30 January 2022.

The Koori Mail Art Indigenous Award ($10, 000) will be awarded on 4 December along with the Bundjalung Art Award ($2 500), open to Bundjalung artists and/or Indigenous artists working on Bundjalung country, the Innovation Art Award ($2,500) open to Indigenous artists living in Bundjalung, Yaegl and Githabul country and the Youth Art Award ($500) open to Indigenous artists nationally from 12 to 24 years of age.

Naomi Moran, General Manager of The Koori Mail says “The Koori Mail is proud to be supporting this art award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. As an Aboriginal owned and run business, profits go back into our communities through sponsorship and initiatives that support Indigenous people and communities, including the arts. We strongly encourage artists to engage with this art prize and share their stories with us.” The prizes have been generously supported by The Koori Mail, Healthy Aspirations and an anonymous donor.

The judge of the Koori Mail Indigenous Art Award 2021 is Djon Mundine OAM FAHA. Mundine is a Bundjalung man and a foundational figure in Australian art. He is a strong supporter of creative practice in Bundjalung Country and a friend and advisor to Lismore Regional Gallery. He is a fierce advocate, consistently contributing to the development and exhibition of contemporary Aboriginal art in Australia and internationally.

Mundine says “Aboriginal people are everywhere and Aboriginal people do everything. Australia wide we need to heal our country by painting, performing, by making art. We are regaining our connection and healing. The Koori Mail is edited here in the Northern Rivers, but it is engaged in conversations for all Aboriginal people across the continent. Our conversations inside this publication are a form of healing. And it’s so appropriate that The Koori Mail are supporting this other form of conversation.”

Ashleigh Ralph, who recently took up the role of Director of Lismore Regional Gallery, says “We are thrilled to present the first Koori Mail Indigenous Art Award at the Gallery this December. With thanks to generous contributions from The Koori Mail and valuable private sponsors, we look forward to awarding innovative contemporary indigenous artistic practice both from the Northern Rivers region and nationally.”

Kylie Caldwell is a Bundjalung artist and Indigenous Arts Officer with Arts Northern Rivers. She thinks the prize is an opportunity to give local and national Indigenous artists recognition, exposure and confidence. “I encourage young and old artists to enter, there is an amazing amount of hidden and known creative and cultural talent in our region. Be bold, be courageous, give it a go, the Koori Mail Art Award has been developed for you!”.

Koori Mail Indigenous Art Award
Entries are open now at
Please contact the Lismore Regional Gallery if assistance is needed with submissions
Telephone: (02) 6627 4600 Email: [email protected]

Entries close: Midnight AEST Friday 24 September 2021
Winner announcements: 4 December, 2021
Exhibition: 4 December 2021 – 30 January 2022

The Koori Mail Art Award $10,000
Open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island artists nationally

Bundjalung Art Award $2,500
Open to Bundjalung artists and/or artists working on Bundjalung country

Innovation Art Award $2,500
Open to Indigenous artists living in Bundjalung, Yaegl and Githabul country

Youth Art Award $500
Open to Indigenous artists nationally from 12 to 24 years of age

Lismore Regional Gallery and The Koori Mail announce the inaugural
A national art award open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island artists.

Call out for entries. Entries close Friday 24 September 2021.

Lismore Regional Gallery acknowledges the people of the Bundjalung nation, traditional custodians of the land on which Lismore Regional Gallery is situated.