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Grafton Regional Gallery calling for entries North Coast Indigenous art award

Entries have opened for a $6,000 award that promotes contemporary Indigenous art across the North Coast.

The biennial Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Award (CVIAA) is open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists who reside in Yaegl, Bundjalung and Gumbayngirr. The CVIAA is made possible with the support of the Yulgilbar Foundation and the Clarence Valley Council.

Mayor Richie Williamson said the award supports the Indigenous arts and culture in our region as well developing the collection of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art held by the Grafton Regional Gallery.

“The award is being launched as part of 2015 Naidoc Week,” Cr Williamson said. “The prize pool of $6,000 comprises the Open Acquisitive Prize of $5000 and an encouragement prize of $1000 for New Media work. The artwork which takes out the Open Acquisitive Prize is acquired into the Grafton Regional Gallery Collection.”

Special film screening 'Babe in the Reeds: a story of massacres and resilience'

Producers: Lois Cook and ABC Open North Coast Producer Catherine Marciniak

Wednesday 15 July 2015 | 6pm - 7.30pm

The theme of this year's NAIDOC week is that we all stand on sacred groundwhich is exactly what local Nyangbul woman Lois Cook discovers when she starts researching the history of her great-grandfather Bubba Jack Cook. Lois takes on the role of a history detective to find out if there's any evidence to support her family's stories of massacres and a baby found in the reeds.

Join Geraldine Doogue on ABC's Compass program for the premier of 'Babe in the Reeds' on Sunday 5 July at 6.30pm for this special NAIDOC Week story.

Then on Wednesday 15 July 2015 join us at NRCG for a special screening and meet the filmmakers in a Q & A session directly after the screening in the Gallery.

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