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Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) invites young and upcoming local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artists between the ages of 12–18 years to enter a piece of artwork as part of NQPHN’s Indigenous Youth Art Competition 2021.

This year, the theme is Connection to Country.

NQPHN invites you, as a young, aspiring Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artists to express your knowledge, understanding, and interpretation of the importance of maintaining and growing a Connection to Country. Connection to Country includes your ties with culture and kin and how these promote good health and wellbeing in your life, family, and community.

Questions to help you get started:
- What medium do you prefer to use to make sense of your world? (e.g. photography, film, painting, drawing, textiles, printing, sculpture, or digital mediums.)
- What activities and actions need to be undertaken to Heal Country?
- What does a healthy Connection to Country, culture and kin look, sound, and feel like to you?
- How can we strengthen our Connection to Country to stay strong and healthy together?

Connection to Country is important, so be imaginative, creative, and courageous in joining other young artists and craft makers from North Queensland to give voice to your hopes and dreams for our world, land, country, culture, and survival, for a healthy and sustainable future.

Enter competition

We are seeking submissions from artists across the NQPHN region from Sarina in the south, west to Croydon and Kowanyama, and up to the northernmost point of the Torres Strait Islands. This year's competition has two categories:

  • a junior competition where artists must be between the ages of 12-14 years
  • a senior competition where artists must be between the ages of 15-18 years.

The artwork should represent Connection to Country in our communities.

There will be prizes for first, second, and third place for each category in this competition:

  • first prize is an Apple iPad Pro 11-inch 128GB Wi-Fi AND an Apple Pencil, valued at $1,398
  • second prize is a $500 art supplies voucher
  • third prize is a $250 art supplies voucher.

The three successful artwork pieces from each category, (first, second, and third places) will be displayed in NQPHN’s offices, website, showcased in the next Annual Report (along with the artist’s photo and bio), and other potential NQPHN collateral.

The artwork must be hand drawn, sketched, painted on paper or canvas, sculpted, made from textiles (with allowances for the artwork to be captured digitally via high resolution photography or film), or created in digital form.

The size of the artwork must be A3 (297mm x 420mm—portrait or landscape) or larger.

The artwork must have an underlying theme of Connection to Country.

Either new or existing artwork that fit the brief are welcome for submission.

You must read and accept the terms and conditions.

The submission deadline has been extended. Artwork must be submitted by Sunday 15 August 2021, via the link below.

Entries must be supplied as a high resolution PDF, high resolution photo, or be scanned in high resolution (300 DPI) as a JPG, and follow the rules and guidelines.

Your submission should also include:

  • the artwork’s title
  • materials used
  • a blurb of 150 words (minimum) explaining how your artwork relates to Connection to Country.

IMPORTANT: Artwork by an adult will be disqualified. Submitted artwork must be by the artist.

The successful artwork submissions will be announced in the second week of September (6–10 September 2021). Winners will be contacted directly and also announced on NQPHN’s Indigenous Youth Art Competition page, as well as on NQPHN’s Facebook page.

All participants will receive certificates of participation.

Important dates

  • Entries open Thursday 3 June 2021
  • Entries close 11.59pm, Sunday 15 August 2021
  • Winners announced second week of September (6–10 September 2021).
16 August 2021

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