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.

Blacktown City Art Prize finalists announced

One hundred and thirteen artworks from across Australia have been chosen as finalists in this year’s Blacktown City Art Prize. The works will be competing for a total prize pool of $20,000, and will be part of the exhibition at The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre from 28 November 2020 to 28 January 2021.

Of the finalists, 25% are artworks by Blacktown City residents, and will be eligible for the Local Artist Prize. Ten per cent are by Aboriginal artists, and will be eligible for the Aboriginal Artist Prize.

The works were judged by a panel comprising Kyra Kum-Sing (Artist and Curator, Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative), Pedro de Almeida (Senior Curator, C3West at Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney) and Cath Barcan (Artist and Head Teacher of Visual Arts, Nepean Arts & Design Centre, TAFE NSW-Kingswood).

A record number of 893 entries were received this year – a 69% increase on the number of entries received in 2019. Entries were received from 660 artists across Australia, ranging from painting and drawing to sculpture, ceramics and mixed media.

Please see the full list of 2020 Blacktown City Art Prize finalists below.

Marian Abboud


Erandi Amarasinghe
Commuters No.2


Lauren Ami


Felicia Aroney
Everything Green


Vanessa Ashcroft
Road trip to Blayney


Walter Auer
Memory 1


Karima Baadilla
Blue Robe


Min Woo Bang
Uncertain Sky (Jindabyne)


Debra Beale
Series of 3 – LAYERS


Robert Bennetts
Suburban Musing


Liam Benson
Deliquescent Jack


Karen Bloomfield
Desire VS Reality


Joe Blundell
Sunset through Bracken


Linda Brescia


Alexandra Byrne
Other Stories


Kristone Capistrano
Portrait of a Man


Russell Carey


Isabella Carturan


Darren Charlwood


Graham Cheney
Auntie Rita Wright


Gabrielle Courtenay
The Guardian


Carolyn Craig
Mining the Sublime: The Fold


Rob Davis
Am I Not A Man & A Brother


Travis De Vries
Journey to Water Totem


Tamara Dean


Niek Dingemans


Paula do Prado


Rosalie Duligal
After the Ball


Nicolle Duncan
Coolamon: Cradle of Life


Azarmidokht Elahi
Covid19 Plus Quarantine Equals to Toilet Paper


David El-Melky
Mayor of Blacktown City


Vanessa Encarnacao
Crocheted Camouflage 2


Dongwang Fan
Pandemic Body


Nick Ferguson
Three Swimmers (The Flicker)


Jason Fitzgerald
Concertinaed Technicolor


Stan Florek


Cameron Forsyth
Cheeseburger with Extra Pixels


Hayley Megan French
The Pipeline Polaroids (Guildford 15)


Sarah Frost


Lisa Giles
Lockdown 1


Minka Gillian
Personal Icon Rainbow


Carmen Glynn-Braun
In the Eye of the Beholder


Dennis Golding
From Home to Home


Rachel Govett
Let me carry your burden


Naomi Grant
Twists and Turns


Alannah Grasso


Amala Groom


Amber Hammad
Decolonizing Cook


Orson Heidrich


Nick Heynsbergh
When I was in grade 6, the ‘cool’ guys would corner me and my best friend and throw us against the back of the portables, insisting that we were gay. I didn’t even know what ‘gay’ meant.


Annarie Hildebrand
Silver Dollars and Blushing Bride Composition


Jude Hungerford
Desert Monuments


Pleasance Ingle
Best in Show series, Blue Jacket


Jennifer Jackson
Histories Strara


Lauren Johnson


Locust Jones
Bethlehem Diary


Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger
Stingray Bay Mangrove Series – Into the LightBen Kenning
Displaced Persons II


Samia Khan
Belonging 2


Mada Krivoruchko


Ruth Le Cheminant
Covid19 series – A Study in Contemplation


Hyun Hee Lee


Lee Leibrandt
Oh hi 2020


Anne Leisner
Light Rail Roadworks


Catherine Leung
The Road in Between


Songshi Li


Erin Litschauer
The Shed Floor


Gabriella Lo Presti
On the slope of the embankment, angels swirl their woolen dresses through pastures of steel and emerald


Margaret Lopez
2766 the New 90210 Gang


Carmel Mackie
Cheeky Gang Gang


Paul Maher
Morning steps through the trees – Boomerang Beach


Nic Mason
Straining the Lot


Asma D. Mather
From what the River knows (a contemplation)


Simon McGrath
For Lease


Dani McKenzie
Storm Rolling In


Paul McKnight
Stocks & Nougat


Tanika Meeks


Heidi Melamed
Combine Panel Bubble Gum Blue Set


Ray Monde
We Emerged Blinking in the Daylight


Rodney Moss
Emerging from Isolation


Terry Murphy
Summer 2019


Barbara Newton
It’s That Kinda Day


Adam Norton
Red Star


Holly Oakley
Bear of Unity


Peter Op’t Land


Raven Pajarillaga
By Chance in the West


Jasmine Poole and Chris Sewell
I have something to tell you


Jian Hua Qian

Nikita Redkar


Peter Rush
Know Justice


Khaled Sabsabi
The Prophet


Julie Scifo
Penrith station through dirty window for the department of infrastructure, transport, regional development and communications


Roqayya Shehata
Self Portrait


An Sheng
Worry (Self-portrait in front of the webcam)


Marija Skroza
Salmon Still Life


Melissa Smith
Drawn to Listen Closely


Lauri Smith
Shadow Self


Sara Sohrabian
First Six Months of Love


Sara Sohrabian
“Heechestan” (Nothingness)


Rosalind Stanley
And so It Grows


Sally Stokes
Among the Milky Trunks


Abdullah Syed M. I.
Capital Couture: AMIS 5AU$ Outdoor Coat after Renouf Rig Diplomatic Uniform proposed by Alan Renouf, the former Australian Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs


Reza Taghipour


Anna Tebar
New Beginnings


Thomas Thorby-Lister
Untitled (Rolling Tide)


Yvette-Marie Tziallas
Lost in Abstract


Damien Van der Meer


Jay Wassell
Recycled memories


Zoe Watson
Lucid Gaze


Debbey Watson


Shaun Wilson
The Climate Refugees


Jason Wing
Captain James Crook


Leon Zhan

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