The 9th Koorie Art Show 2021

The 9th Koorie Art Show 2021

Event status:
4 December 2021 - 20 February 2022



Ground Floor, Yarra Building
Federation Square

The 9th Koorie Art Show 2021

The Koorie Art Show is our annual event showcasing the diverse talent of Victoria’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in one inclusive space. This year we are presenting the 9th Koorie Art Show.

The Koorie Art Show is an open-entry, non-acquisitive award exhibition, presenting the works of Koorie and Victorian based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists (new and emerging, mid-career and senior) aged 17 years and above. All submitted entries are included in the exhibition and were eligible for one of several cash awards.

Creative Victoria Award for Excellence in any Media

Ronald Edwards PEPPER (Gunnai)
Coming out 2, 2021
Mixed media on canvas

Metro Tunnel Creative Program 2D Award

Thelma BEETON (Palawa)
Multicultural, 2021
Acrylic paint on canvas

Viva Energy Australia 3D Award

Monique GRBEC (Stolen Generations)
Wasted 2, 2021
Fibreglass resin with glitter

Lendlease Reconciliation Award

Dr Deanne GILSON (Wadawurrung)
Post Preston, After the Bushfires, Our Native Wildlife, Plants & Country Need Healing, 2021
White ceremonial ochre, wattle tree sap, acrylic paint on linen

RMIT University Emerging Artist Award

Charlie MILLER (Kanolu)
K-A-N-O-L-U, 2021
Fine liner on transparent paper (six pages)

City of Melbourne Aboriginal Melbourne Award

Wayne QUILLIAM (Palawa)
Ascension, 2021
Mixed media on canvas

G4S Australia & New Zealand Encouragement Awards

Mitchil HARDING (Taungurung)
Me, 2020
Acrylic paint on canvas

Tracy WISE (Barkindji, Ngiyampaa)
Jandahl – Dilly Bag, 2021
Natural jute and raffia fibres, wire and fishing swivels

Click the artist names highlighted in red above to read an interview with the award recipient.

People’s Choice Award

Gerard BLACK (Worimi)
Barranga Makurr Mundal (Sunset Fish Net), 2021
Acrylic paint on canvas

Exhibition Catalogue


Exhibition Walkthrough

The 9th Koorie Art Show 2021 – Judging Panel

The Koorie Art Show awards are judged by a panel of respected Victorian Aboriginal community members in accordance with the Koorie Heritage Trust’s judging policy and procedures. The judges of the 9th Koorie Art Show 2021 are:

  • N’arweet Dr Carolyn Briggs (Boon Wurrung)
  • Andrew Jackomos (Yorta Yorta, Gundijmara)
  • Hayley Millar-Baker (Gunditjmara).

The KHT judging policy and procedures can be downloaded HERE.


We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of our Award and Exhibition Partners: Creative Victoria, Metro Tunnel Creative Program, Viva Energy Australia, Lendlease, RMIT University, City of Melbourne, G4S Australia & New Zealand, Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support Program, Australia Council for the Arts.

We also acknowledge the support of our Precinct Partner Fed Square.

Thelma Beeton (Palawa), Galivanting Around (2020), acrylic on canvas. Entrant 8th Koorie Art. Collection of the artist. This artwork was created through The Torch, a not for profit organisation providing art, cultural and arts industry support to Indigenous offenders and ex-offenders in Victoria.