Supported by the Don Dunstan Foundation this prestigious prize offers a valuable platform for an emerging First Nations artist.
The Don Dunstan Foundation OUR MOB Emerging Artist Prize is awarded annually to an emerging* First Nations artist who exhibits work in OUR MOB: Art by South Australian Aboriginal Artists at Adelaide Festival Centre. It is a merit-based prize awarded to an outstanding recipient who demonstrates a desire and potential to further their artistic career.
Established in 2013, the highly-regarded prize offers the recipient $5,000 cash, a professional development opportunity with Country Arts SA, and a solo exhibition at Adelaide Festival Centre during OUR MOB the following year.
This important initiative aims to provide a platform for an emerging First Nations artist upon which they can gain valuable professional experience, exposure to a wide audience and the opportunity to make new work.
Previous recipients include: Sonya Rankine (2019), Tony Wilson (2018), Patrick Ikaringanyi Ferguson (2017), Josephine Lennon (2016), Josina Nyarpingka Pumani (2015), Anna Dowling (2014) and Amanda Radomi (2013).
*Note that the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) defines an emerging artist as one that "will have practised as a professional artist continually for less than 5 years."
About the Don Dunstan Foundation
The Don Dunstan Foundation honours the social reform legacy of the late South Australian Premier, Don Dunstan, by inspiring visionary leadership and progressive thinking. The Foundation operates from a set of values written by Don Dunstan himself. These values include respect for Indigenous people and the protection of their rights. His passion for the arts is still evident in many of the existing cultural institutions which he established during his time as Premier in the 1970s, including Adelaide Festival Centre.
Read more at dunstan.org.au/work/our-mob-award/
Banner image (detail): Artist Sonia Rankine receives the 2019 Don Dunstan OUR MOB Emerging Artist Award. Photograph by Ben Searcy.