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Announcing the Blak & Blu prize

The Orchard Gallery is excited to announce its first art prize.

The Blak & Blu prize is inspired by 19th-century Aboriginal artist Tommy McRae, who used art to comment subtly and not-so subtly on social conditions – satirising colonial culture, calling out entitlement and injustice.

Blak & Blu is sponsored by Redfern-based Dhungatti artist Blak Douglas, whose own politically-charged work includes painting, photography, sculpture, commercial campaigns and communal projects.

“Tommy’s drawings were made in pen and ink,” Douglas explains. “Blak & Blu invites artists from South Sydney and beyond to submit drawings on A4 paper using black and/or blue pens. The paper should be at least 300 gsm and the work should comment in some way on a social issue.”

There will be a $1,000 prize, as well as formal commendations and opportunity to have work included in an exhibition at the Orchard Gallery (exhibition date to be announced).

Please send submissions by post to Blak & Blu, PO Box 3288 Redfern NSW 2016. Closing date for submissions is now Friday August 30. For more information please contact Andrew:


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