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Raylene Bonson’s ‘Wubbunj’ was one of 32 finalists.
The purpose of the King & Wood Mallesons Award – Contemporary ATSI Art Prize is to acknowledge the outstanding contribution made to Australian culture by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in remote, regional and urban areas throughout Australia working in wall hung two or three dimensional media including painting, photography, printmaking, works on bark or board, metal, acrylic glass and mixed media.
The King & Wood Mallesons Award – Contemporary ATSI Art Prize is intended to be a biennial competition held over at least six years commencing in 2018. It has been established by KWM to promote and encourage the highest standards of ATSI art practice in Australia.
Djon Mundine welcomed the initiative by the firm and urged Aboriginal and Torres Straight artists to participate. “Aboriginal Art is art made by Aboriginals across all forms of expression, all genders and ages. Being Aboriginal today is a time fraught with tensions and dangers but ambiguously exciting and charged with potential,” he said. “Our dreaming brought us into being at the beginning of time, guides us through our complex present and positively into the future. Our practice is evolving and in a constant state of flux, and deeply relevant in allowing our ‘first voice’, and speaking to universal human condition.”