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Grab your pens and enter Blak & Blu

Blak Douglas, Archibald Winner 2022, is sponsoring the second Blak & Blu annual pen on paper art prize – with entries closing on August 31.

Drawings must be on A4 paper (minimum weight 300gsm) using black and/or blue biros. The work should comment on a social or environmental issue.

There will be a $1,000 prize, plus a Junior prize (thanks to Art on King, Newtown), as well as formal commendations and opportunity to have work included in an exhibition at the Orchard Gallery (56a Raglan St, Waterloo). Award ceremony and launch – 2pm, SEPTEMBER 10, 2022.

This year’s judge will be Dee Smart, three-times Archibald finalist, represented by Nanda\Hobbs gallery in Chippendale.

The Blak & Blu annual pen on paper art 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 (Archibald Winner 2022), whose own politically-charged work includes painting, photography, sculpture, commercial campaigns and communal projects.

South Sydney Uniting Church will also hold an art workshop on Saturday August 13 and 27, 12-4pm in the church hall (56a Raglan St Waterloo) and online.

Catherine Skipper and Andrew Collis will lead simple drawing exercises – using black and blue biros, offering a thoughtful space for artists to prepare their entries for this year’s Blak & Blu prize. See https://www.southsydneyuniting.org.au/news/blak-blu-2022-workshops/

Send entries to Blak & Blu, Orchard Gallery, PO Box 3288 Redfern NSW 2016 (please include stamped self-addressed envelope so we can return your work). Entries close AUGUST 31, 2022.

Please complete the online Entry Form: https://bit.ly/3vyf7GC


For more information contact Andrew: sshandrew@bigpond.com

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