It’s time to start painting

SOME of the finest Aboriginal art in the nation will be on show in town as part of this year’s annual Nowra NAIDOC Week Art Exhibition and Black Cockatoo Art Awards.

EYE FOR ART: Warwick Keen and Danial Black encourage Shoalhaven Aboriginal artists to enter this year’s Nowra NAIDOC Week Art Exhibition and Black Cockatoo Art Awards.

EYE FOR ART: Warwick Keen and Danial Black encourage Shoalhaven Aboriginal artists to enter this year’s Nowra NAIDOC Week Art Exhibition and Black Cockatoo Art Awards.

In their fifth year, the awards were set up to promote indigenous artists from around the Shoalhaven.

Awards co-ordinator Warwick Keen said the idea was to bring people from all over the region together using art.

“This year we are very keen to get Aboriginal youth of the Shoalhaven involved,” he said.

“I’m hoping local schools will be a part of it.

“Some sections of the community think it is only open to TAFE students.

“That’s not the case.

“All Shoalhaven Aboriginal artists are welcome to participate. It’s only $5 to enter and there is some very good prizemoney on offer,” he said.

Artist Danial Black from East Nowra hoped to enter the competition.

“I’ve always been interested in art and this annual exhibition shows people the potential there is,” he said.

Mr Black said the exhibition was as much for artists who had won awards, as it was for amateur artists.

“It’s there for all the community,” he said.

The exhibition will be held from Monday, July 7 until Saturday, July 12 at the Nowra School of Arts from 10am until 4pm daily, with the opening night Tuesday, July 8 at 6.30pm.

Entries need to be received by Friday, July 4 and can be dropped at the school of arts during the day.

Entry forms are available at the Shoalhaven City Arts Centre and Regional Gallery or from Mr Keen on 0403 642 087.

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