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New award category celebrates Indigenous Jewellery-Makers

A new ‘Best Contemporary Jewellery Work’ category worth $2,000, offers beading and textile weavers more opportunity to enter their wearable artwork into the 2020 Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award.

The Torres Strait Regional Authority’s (TSRA) Culture, Art and Heritage Programme is dedicated to nurturing and developing Indigenous artists across all art forms and jewellery-making, especially beading, has become a favourable art form amongst Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area Artists.

The TSRA Chairperson, Mr Napau Pedro Stephen AM, said that the TSRA aims to recognise jewellery-makers by including a new jewellery category in the biennial Gab Titui Indigenous Award.

“The Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award is integral to the continuous development of the region’s art industry and a standalone jewellery category will encourage and support the continual practice of beading, weaving and jewellery-making, Mr Stephen said.

“Wearable art has garnered so much community interest that the Gab Titui Cultural Centre includes a monthly beading workshop in its schedule of public activities.

“Facilitated by Indigenous jewellery-makers and artists, these free workshops have become very popular.

“While the 2020 Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award expects a high volume of entries, anticipation grows for these future jewellery submissions.”

Entries open on Monday 30th September 2019 and close at 5pm (AEST) on Wednesday 22nd April 2020. The official award presentation and exhibition opening will be hosted at the Gab Titui Cultural Centre on Thursday 30th July 2020.

Artists are encouraged to submit their best work, adhering to the official terms and conditions of their intended categories.

If artists need help submitting or sending their artwork to the Gab Titui Cultural Centre, please feel free to contact the Exhibitions Manager, Leitha Assan at the Gab Titui Cultural Centre on 4069 0888.

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