Acknowledgement of Country

Dharug

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.

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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.

Young Artists Prize winners announced

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Young Artists Prize!

This year we celebrated the creativity of local young people with an environmentally-themed Young Artists Prize. Young people who live or study in Blacktown City and are aged 3 – 15 years were invited to enter work, with prizes up for grabs for all ages.

Artworks are displayed as part of the Blacktown City Art Prize exhibition from Saturday 28 November 2020 to Thursday 28 January 2021.


The theme for 2020 is Staying strong, as we work to recover from the rough year we have had so far. We asked young artists to make an artwork in response to one of these questions:

  1. How can we recover our lost habitats after the destruction of the bushfires?
  2. How can we strengthen our community and environment for the future?

2020 has been a year of challenges. In NSW, the bushfires burnt 5.4 million hectares of land and destroyed 25% of suitable koala habitat. This caused ash, debris, eroded soils and burnt matter to be washed into waterways, affecting water quality and causing fish kills.

Since the bushfires, COVID-19 has affected us all, often keeping us indoors. This helps us appreciate the importance of outdoor and natural spaces like local parks and bushland reserves. The pandemic has also sparked waste management issues, and in some cases, additional pollution, as dozens of gloves, masks and hand sanitiser bottles have been found in the ocean.

Faced with challenge after challenge, we need to become resilient and prepare for any future disruptions that may arise.

Winners

Age 3
Diyan
A flower 

Age 4
Tanisha
Keep Social Distancing

Age 5
Shauryya
A burnt tree

Age 6
Cooper
Joey

Age 7
Ekantika
Sustainable lakes to reduce heat

Age 8
Ruby
New life

Age 9
Anna
Mother NatureAge 10
Elizaveta
A smile in the blue

Age 11
Shanyni
Peace in the flames (Butterfly survivor)

Age 12
Alveera
Covid Saviours

Age 13
Shivani
Our land after the bushfires

Age 14
Anastasia
Hope

Age 15
Jiya
Team work makes the Dream work 

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Blacktown City Art Prize

Blacktown City’s annual acquisitive art prize open to artists across Australia, with a prize pool of over $20,000.

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