The 2023 Maari Ma Indigenous Art Awards opened last week to a great crowd at the Albert Kersten Mining & Minerals Museum in Broken Hill. The annual Awards event is supported by Broken Hill City Council and Maari Ma, and provides an opportunity to display and celebrate art works and creativity by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders across the far west.
The $5,000 Open prize went to David Doyle, $2,000 Emerging Artist Award to Brady Prescott, $2000 Nhuungku (women’s) Prize for Excellence to Barb Quayle, $1,000 art pack young artist award to Jakora Paulson and a $500 art pack Children’s Art Award to Darlene Newman.
Live music was provided by local Indigenous musicians Anthony Hayward and Leroy Johnson.
This year’s guest judge was Marika Davies who is a proud Wangkangurru woman hailing from the Simpson Desert. She recently assumed the role of Tarnanthi Regional Curator, and previously was as the Arts and Cultural Facilitator in Port Augusta, where she served with the Port Augusta City Council and Country Arts SA.
Congratulations to all the artists!
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