Healing Ngunnawal Country exhibition

Richie Allan on a tour of Mulligan's Flat
Richie Allan (right) on a tour of Mulligan’s Flat.

Healing Ngunnawal Country

An open photographic exhibition

Entries close midnight Sunday 4 July 2021

Ngunnawal Country is full of beauty and wonder, from the granite outcrops and sacred places of Tidbinbilla to the grassy woodlands of Mulligan’s Flat, to our very own backyards.

Ngunnawal people, along with other Aboriginal nations who have a strong connection to this place, have been taking care of this country for over 65,000 years. They have been keeping the balance, protecting ecosystems and nurturing connections between plants, animals and humans. Colonialism has damaged many of these connections, but now, all of us who live on Ngunnawal Country share the responsibility to learn from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, to take care of this place we call our home, and to heal country together.

To honour the 2021 NAIDOC week theme ‘Heal Country’, NAIDOC in the North 2021 will present the photographic exhibition Healing Ngunnawal Country.

Artists of all ages, backgrounds and abilities are invited to submit photos they have taken on Ngunnawal Country, which inspire others to pause and reflect on the beauty of this place and the part they can play in protecting it. Images may focus on the natural environment, or document initiatives that you or others are taking to help protect this incredible place.

Photographs will be printed by Belco Arts and presented as an exhibition at NAIDOC in the North 2021 on Saturday 10 July, and will also be exhibited as an online exhibition from 10 July – 30 September 2021 through the Belco Arts website.

There will also be two award categories, sponsored by Communities@Work:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander awards
This award is open to anyone who identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and recognises unique perspectives of first nations people.

  • $500 Juried Prize
  • $500 People’s Choice Award
  • Children’s Award (Prize Pack)

Healing Country Supporter awards
This category invites entries from non-Aboriginal community members, supporting everyone to respect and honour Ngunnawal country.

  • $250 Juried Prize
  • $250 People’s Choice Award
  • Children’s Award (Prize Pack)

Juried Prizes and Children’s Award-winners will be selected by a panel of three members of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and will be announced at NAIDOC in the North 2021 on Saturday 10 July.

Voting for the People’s Choice Award will take place at NAIDOC in the North 2021 on Saturday 10 July and winners announced at the close of the event.

Submit your entry here


Conditions of entry

  • Entries close midnight Sunday 4 July 2021.
  • Artists from throughout Australia may enter works. There is no age limit for entrants. 
  • You may enter up to a maximum of five works; for multiple entries, each entry will be considered as an individual work, not a series. 
  • Photographs that feature people must only be submitted for exhibition with the consent of those featured in the images.
  • There is no entry fee to be part of this exhibition.
  • The works must relate to the theme and be the original work of the entering artist. 
  • Artworks must be submitted as digital images at least 2MB in size to ensure good print quality and will be printed by Belco Arts at the scale/ratio submitted but no larger than A3 in size.
  • Artists who wish to keep the printed copies of their artworks must collect them from Belco Arts, 118 Emu Bank in Belconnen, between Tuesday 13 and Sunday 18 July 2021. Images not collected by this time will be destroyed.
  • Works can be landscape or portrait in orientation. 
  • Works will need to be exhibited for the full duration of the exhibition. 
  • The works must not be offensive, discriminatory, or otherwise hurtful in nature. Works that are considered offensive, discriminatory, or otherwise hurtful in nature will not be displayed. Belco Arts reserves the right not to exhibit works.
  • Permission must be given to include the images in an online exhibition and for the purposes of display, publicity and in promotional materials.
  • No artworks will be for sale through this exhibition. Any sales enquiries will be passed on to the artists. 
  • Artworks where the artist identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander will be eligible for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander awards, which will be announced at NAIDOC in the North on Saturday 10 July 2021 at Exhibition Park in Canberra.
  • Artworks where the artist does not identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander are eligible for the Healing Country Supporter awarda, which will be announced at NAIDOC in the North on Saturday 10 July 2021 at Exhibition Park in Canberra. 
  • The children’s category in both award sections is open to children age 12 years and under. Juried Prizes and Children’s Award-winners will be selected by a panel of three members of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and will be announced at NAIDOC in the North on Saturday 10 July 2021. 
  • Voting for the People’s Choice Award will take place at NAIDOC in the North 2021 on Saturday 10 July and winners announced at the close of the event.