Acknowledgement of Country


Bayadyinyang budyari Dharug yiyura Dharug Ngurra.
Bayady’u budyari Dharug Warunggadgu baranyiin barribugu.
Bayady’u budyari wagulgu yiyuragu Ngurra bimalgu Blacktown City. Flannel flowers dyurali bulbuwul.
Yanmannyang mudayi Dharug Ngurrawa. Walama ngyini budbud dali Dharug Ngurra Dharug yiyura baranyiin barribugu.


We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of this Land, the Dharug people, and their continued connection to Country.
We pay our respects to Elders from yesterday to tomorrow.
We extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Blacktown City where the flannel flowers still grow proud and strong.
We will walk softly on this land and open our hearts to Country as the Dharug people have for tens of thousands of years.

Announcement | 2017 Blacktown City Art Prize Winners

Tess Mehonoshen from Brisbane was awarded the prize for Measuring Loss, a thoughtful and tactile sculpture made of cement, clay, iron oxide and fabric.

The judges referred to the winning artwork as ‘slow release’ and said “the longer we spent with the work the more it touched on various subjects such as environmental destruction, death, the Holocaust, and loss of health due to mining,” they said in their judging report.

Highly Commended were Carol Ann Fitzgerald for Landscape and Memory – Wiradjuri Country, and Minka Gillian for Pink Outburst – A Self Portrait.

Kristone Capistrano of Rooty Hill was awarded the Local Artist Prize for Breath, an arresting yet optimistic depiction of a newborn baby.

The judges said “the work was technically proficient, went beyond grace, and pointed to the future of multiculturalism in Blacktown”.

Highly Commended was Terry Murphy of Riverstone for Tabulae Unum Ex Oculis.

First prize in the Aboriginal Artist category was Naomi Grant for Dad’s Country.

The judges commended the artist’s contemporary style of blending Indigenous painting techniques with Western agricultural landscape depictions to create a fresh take on abstract painting.

Highly Commended was Peter Hinton for Quality of a Few Minutes #1 and 2 – A Study on Whitlam.

The judging panel: Khadim Ali (artist and Blacktown resident), Dominic Mersch (gallery owner and arts advocate) and Felicity Fenner (curator, academic and Director of UNSW Galleries), faced the difficult task of selecting winning works from a record number of 602 entries.

The judges were very impressed with the overall standard of entries which included nationally recognised artists alongside emerging local artists.

The Blacktown City Art Prize is proudly supported by Ford Land Company, WestLink M7, Blacktown Workers’ Club and the Sustainable Living Blacktown of Blacktown City Council.

At the launch of the 2017 Blacktown City Art prize, Council honoured the contribution of the late Councillor and former Mayor, Leo Kelly OAM, by re-naming Blacktown’s Arts Centre: The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre.Exhibition | 2017 Blacktown City Art Prize
2 December 2017 – 27 January 2018Winner 2016 Blacktown City Art Prize
Tess Mehonoshen, Measuring Loss, 2017

Winner Aboriginal Artist Prize
Naomi Grant, Dad’s Country, 2017

Winner Local Artist Prize and Highly Commended
Kristone Capistrano, Breath, 2017

Highly Commended
Carol Ann Fitzgerald, Landscape and Memory – Wiradjuri Country, 2017

Highly Commended
Minka Gillian, Pink Outburst – A Self Portrait, 2017

Highly Commended
Terry Murphy, Tabulae Unum Ex Oculis, 2017

Highly Commended
Peter Hinton, Quality of a Few Minutes #1 and 2 – A Study on Whitlam, 2017

Jennifer Leahy

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