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Koorie Heritage Trust goes from Strength to Strength.

Tom Mosby is a Torres Strait Islander from the Kulkalgal and Meriam Nations of the Central and Eastern Zenadth Kes (Torres Strait). He has a wealth of understanding of leadership and knowledge of arts and culture in not-for-profit sectors. Tom is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the First Nations owned and managed arts and cultural organisation, the Koorie Heritage Trust. Tom has a Bachelor of Applied Science in the Conservation of Cultural Materials and a Bachelor of Laws. Tom returns to 3KND to yarn up The Koorie Art Show and Awards.

Over 140 First Peoples artists from across Victoria will be exhibited and vying for the Koorie Art Show Awards. The exhibition opens Saturday 9 December at the Koorie Heritage Trust.

Through a statewide call for entries, the Koorie Art Show is an annual art Award and exhibition dedicated to showcasing the work of Koorie and Victorian based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

Artists generously share their stories and culture, Country and connection; this is an exhibition that brings together painting, works on paper, photography, sculpture, multi-media, fibre art and more.

The Koorie Art Show has become an important avenue for community members to create and present their artworks. All works entered are exhibited in a salon hang and are available for sale.

The Koorie Art Show is a non-acquisitive award and all entries are eligible for: Creative Victoria Award for Excellence in Any Media, $10,000; City of Melbourne Aboriginal Melbourne Award, $5,000; Lendlease Reconciliation Award, $5,000; Viva Energy Australia 3D Award, $5,000; RMIT University Emerging Artist Award, $5,000; Josh Muir Digital Award, $3,000; KHT’s Encouragement Awards, 2 x $500; and Fed Square’s People’s Choice Award $1,000.

KHT is also proud to present the Koorie Art Show Young Mob exhibition and Awards. Discovering emerging talent from young artists (5-16 years) each present an array of engaging and thought-provoking work. This year, 20 entries have been received and all are eligible for a number of art pack prizes.

“After extensive renovations, we will open across all three levels of the Birrarung Building. I’m delighted to welcome visitors to come together in the new KHT, and significantly, our first exhibition is our annual community exhibition, the Koorie Art Show,’’ says Tom Mosby, Koorie Heritage Trust CEO.

The Koorie Art Show launch coincides with the reopening of KHT across all three floors of the newly renovated Birrarung Building at Fed Square. The stand-alone First Peoples arts and cultural centre – a first of its kind in an Australian capital city – is a significant announcement for First Peoples of South East Australia.

The Award winners will be announced on Saturday 9 December from 2pm. Here is a small selection of entrants to this year’s Award show,

The Koorie Art Show continues KHTs role of incubating, nurturing and promoting Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and artists.

The Koorie Art Show is proudly supported by Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne, ANZ Bank, Lendlease, Viva Energy Australia, RMIT University and Fed Square. The Koorie Art Show opens Saturday 9 December 2023 – Sunday 25 February 2024 at the Koorie Heritage Trust, Birrarung Building, Federation Square.


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