Frances Belle Parker with last year’s winning artwork in the Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Award. Photo: Adam Hourigan
Frances Belle Parker with last year’s winning artwork in the Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Award. Photo: Adam Hourigan

Gallery to host a celebration of indigenous art

A NIGHT of Aboriginal music and dancing with a backdrop of the best works of North Coast indigenous artists will be held at the Grafton Regional Gallery this month.

The event marks the official opening of the 2013 Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Award (CVIAA) and will take place on Friday October 25 from 6pm.

It is a free event.

One of the highlights will be the announcement of the two CVIAA winners for 2013.

The awards are worth $6000 and will be announced by the judge, the curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Keith Munro.

Sharing centre stage will be the opening of a solo exhibition by last year's CVIAA winner, Frances Belle Parker.

Her work is called Always … and is an exploration of the beauty of the artist's personal connection with Yaegl country.

"While this award is still relatively young, it keeps getting better every time it is held," Mayor Richie Williamson said.

"The artwork, music and dance will combine to make it a great evening that celebrates the Aboriginal culture of our Valley and region."

Music will be provided by local entertainer Andrew Hegedus with a couple of his musical mates.

A local dance group will also be there and food and beverages will be supplied by the Friends of the Gallery.

Bookings in advance are appreciated for catering purposes by calling the gallery on 6642 3177.

CVIAA presents entries from indigenous artists who reside in the traditional areas of the Yaegl, Bundjalung and Gumbaynggirr nations.

This major North Coast art award consists of a $5000 acquisitive prize and $1000 for new media work.

The artwork that wins the $5000 prize is acquired into the Grafton Regional Gallery collection.

"While you're at the gallery, don't forget to cast your vote for your favourite work in The Gallery Café's Peoples' Choice Award," Cr Williamson said.

CVIAA and Always… are on display at Grafton Regional Gallery from 10am Wednesday, October 23 until 4pm Sunday, December 8.



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