The National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee has awarded $5000 to Matthew Humphries, an indigenous artist from Mackay in Central Queensland, Australia, for his artwork “Road to Change”, which will be used in promoting the the annual celebrations of Australia’s traditional owners.
100 artists entered the NAIDOC poster competition under the theme: ‘Change – the next step is ours’. The aim of the competition is to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, who arrived in Australia nearly 40,000 years before white settlers.
Mr Humphries said of his process:
“I spent a week thinking of a design that would reflect the 2011 theme and once I had a clear idea what I wanted to do, started to transfer the design on to a digital canvas.
“It has been quite a big learning curve for me. I spent a lot of time squinting at my 11″ laptop but was more than pleased with the outcome and honoured to be selected among so many great artists.”
NAIDOC Week 2011 runs from 3rd – 10th July and includes local celebrations, a national awards ceremony and the dispersal of government grants for indigenous development. Free copies of the poster are available to those taking part in the festivities – for more information refer to NAIDOC.