caring@home Indigenous Art Competition

Theme: Journey to Dreaming at Home

Entries close: 25 February 2022 (extended from 9 February 2022) 

As part of our commitment to improving quality of life and health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, caring@home is holding an Indigenous Art Competition to raise awareness about palliative care.

All submitted artworks will be displayed on the caring@home website until 30 June 2023. The winning artworks will be used to illustrate resources being developed by caring@home for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families, a project funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. There is NO ENTRY FEE for this competition.  

Download a poster here (500kb pdf)

The theme of the artwork is ‘Journey to Dreaming at Home’. 
  • The theme highlights an important aspect of palliative care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – a preference for care during the end-of-life journey to be provided at home. 
  • Entries should focus on how care at home can help a person have a good end-of-life journey. Themes could include embracing spirituality, being with family, friends and community and/or connected to Country.
  • The theme of the artwork must reflect the theme of the art competition: Journey to Dreaming at Home. 
  • Artworks must be drawn, painted or printed on paper, canvas, or other similar medium or created in digital form. Photography, film/video, ceramics or sculpture are not eligible for this competition. 

Terms and conditions

  • Intellectual property rights in all submissions, including the winning artwork, will remain with the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artist.
  • If an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artist accepts one of the prizes in the caring@home Indigenous Art Competition, the winning artist also authorizes Brisbane South Palliative Care Collaborative to use the art on resources produced for the caring@home for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families project between 1 December 2021 and 30 June 2023. In such instances, the artist will be acknowledged for the artworks. 
  • The resources will be used and reproduced by clinical services for clinical care and education beyond 2023. Resources will not be used for commercial purposes.
  • Parts of the artworks maybe used on resources, not just the whole artwork.
  • For more detail see Terms and Conditions.

Complete the online entry form and supply:

  • one (1) clear, hi-resolution, close-up image of the artwork.
- Please note that the only accepted image format is hi-resolution jpeg format, with a file size of between 3MB and 5MB. 
- Entry is open from 10:00am AEST Wednesday, 20 October 2021 and closes on 11:59pm AEST Friday, 25 February 2022.  
- Winners will be announced on National Close the Gap Day on 17 March 2022. 

We are looking for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artists of all experience levels to showcase their artwork. Artists submitting artwork must:

  • Be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
  • Be an individual aged 18 years or older.

Please note, no group entries (three or more people) will be accepted.

Artworks will be judged by a judging panel on:

  • Quality – overall impression of the artwork
  • Story – creativity and originality of the theme ‘Journey to Dreaming at Home’.

People's Choice Award

  • Voting opens at 10:00am AEST on Monday, 28 February 2022.
  • Voting closes at 11:59pm on Sunday, 13 March 2022.
  • Votes received outside this time will not be accepted.
There is a total prize pool of $9,000 divided between six (6) awards in three (3) categories:
  • Overall winner: $3,000
  • Second prize: $1,500
  • Third prize: $1,000
YOUNG ARTIST (aged between 18 and 25 years on the day of the competition entry)
  • Young artist winner: $1,500
  • Highly commended young artist: $500
  • People’s Choice prize: $1,500

Winning entrants will receive their prize as a bank transfer. 

  • The judges will be announced in 2022

Page last updated 17 January 2022