Inaugural Walkanu Art Prize Launches

May 3, 2024 | GABC News

On 27 February 2024, the Goldfields Aboriginal Business Chamber (GABC) is thrilled to launch its inaugural nation-wide Walkanu Art Prize, under the theme “Keep the Fire Burning! Blak Loud and Proud.” This competition, launched to celebrate NAIDOC week, aims to highlight the extraordinary talents of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, offering a stage for both emerging and established creatives, in the categories 2D, 3D, Digital Art, and Photography, with prizes totalling $15,000.

“The GABC is committed to nurturing the wide array of Aboriginal businesses, which includes artists and creatives. The Walkanu Art Prize offers an excellent opportunity to support this cohort, as all pieces will be available for purchase,” stated the General Manager of GABC.

Shortlisted artworks will be exhibited for free in the Goldfields Art Centre in Kalgoorlie for six weeks, offering locals and visitors alike a chance to immerse themselves in First Nations art. Additionally, a curated selection will travel to Esperance, displayed at the Cannery Arts Centre for two weeks, broadening the reach and impact of this showcase.

To further connect and engage with Community and the public, GABC invites participants to share their artistic journey by sending in photos of their preparation process. These images will be featured on the Walkanu Prize Instagram page, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the creativity and hard work going into each submission. Artists can also directly tag us in their posts using @WalkanuPrize.

Submissions close on 26 May 2024, with the exhibition opening on 28 June 2024. Artists looking to participate can find more information by reaching out to or visit

The Walkanu Art Prize is actively seeking corporate sponsorship to further amplify its impact and reach. Businesses and organisations interested in supporting this initiative are encouraged to reach out to

NB: Walkanu means to mark or to paint in Tjupan language.

About Goldfields Aboriginal Business Chamber (GABC):
The Goldfields Aboriginal Business Chamber is a dynamic community initiative dedicated to promoting the economic participation and visibility of local Aboriginal businesses in the Goldfields region. Through a range of events and initiatives, the GABC seeks to celebrate the economic contributions of Aboriginal businesses, foster economic growth, and create opportunities for collaboration and innovation.

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