Wanaruah NAIDOC committee hosting annual art competition

PROUD: Muswellbrook Rams trio Cade Boney, Jacob Ellis and Lennie Craft model last year’s indigenous jumper.
PROUD: Muswellbrook Rams trio Cade Boney, Jacob Ellis and Lennie Craft model last year’s indigenous jumper.

DO you want to see your artwork adorn a Muswellbrook Rams playing strip in 2018?

If the answer is yes, then now is the time to enter the Wanaruah NAIDOC committee’s annual art competition.

The overall winner’s creation will be used for various promotional items as well as being printed on the Hunter Valley Group 21 club’s jersey – and be worn by the players in their indigenous round later in the season.

Wanaruah NAIDOC committee member Renee MacDonald is keen to replicate the accomplishments of last year.

“The competition was really successful [in 2017],” she said.  

“We ran it to promote Aboriginal artists in the area.

“And, it was fantastic to have the Rams on board, especially as there are a lot of great indigenous sportsmen and women.

“Plus, the artists love seeing the players wear the special jumpers.

“The Rams have supported us for the past three years.

“They’ve also auctioned the jerseys off, which has been greatly appreciated.

“The feedback we’ve received is amazing.”

Ms MacDonald said the competition was open to everyone, of all ages, in the Wanaruah area.

“All entries must cover the theme, ‘because of her, we can’,” she explained.

“So, the paintings, drawings etc can be how the artist interprets that meaning.

“This year we’re sponsored by Ridgelands, too, which has allowed us to open up the competition more.

“We’ll have prizes for first, second and third in each category (primary school age, high school age and adult), as well as overall.

“And, the winners will be announced on Friday, March 30.”

All entries must arrive at the Wanaruah Local Aboriginal Land Council by noon on Monday, March 12.

Meanwhile, nominations are now open for the Upper Hunter NAIDOC Week Awards.

For more information, contact the Wanaruah LAC on 6543 1288.