This Friday night, the Albert Kersten Mining and Mineral Museum (GeoCentre) will showcase the best in Indigenous art and culture on the opening night of the 2023 Maari Ma Indigenous Art Awards.
Open to all Indigenous artists living in the Maari Ma/West Darling Arts region, which covers the vast majority of Far West New South Wales, the event provides an opportunity to celebrate art works and creativity by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
“This year we are pleased to be partnering with the Blak Markets, so not only will artists’ works be showcased, but they will also have works for sale,” council’s Gallery & Museum Manager, Kathryn Graham said.
“The night will celebrate Indigenous culture with live music provided by local Indigenous musicians Anthony Haywood and Leroy Johnson.”
This year the guest judge will be proud Wangkangurru woman Marika Davies who hails from the Simpson Desert.
Ms Davies is not only a dedicated curator but also a brilliant artist boasting various notable achievements including winning the title of ‘Artist of the Year’ during NAIDOC Week in 2016 in Port Augusta and clinching the top spot in the Malka Prize in 2011.
The Maari Ma Indigenous Art Awards start from 6pm at the GeoCentre on the corner of Crystal and Bromide Street.