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Ngalla Maya (Our Place)

Art Competition

North Metropolitan TAFE (NMTAFE), Jobs and Skills WA and Koolark Centre for Aboriginal Students are excited to announce the Ngalla Maya (Our Place) Aboriginal Art Competition and invite existing and emerging local Aboriginal artists to enter. 


There are four Jobs and Skills Centres located at different NMTAFE campuses.
Each will have a more locally focused theme, though still based on the overarching theme: Ngalla Maya (Our Place). 

  • Balga           Place of the grasstree leaves
  • Joondalup  Charnok Woman Dreamtime
  • Midland      Corroborees
  • Perth           Mooro Kaarta (Kings Park)

Four centres - four chances to win $5,000 

Each of the four pieces of artwork selected by the judges will be declared the winners.

NMTAFE will acquire the four winning artworks and all associated rights for $5,000. 

The winners will be announced in November and winners and runners up will have the opportunity to display (and sell) their artwork at Gallery Central’s 2023 opening exhibition from 30 January to 18 February 2023.

How to enter

Download the Ngalla Maya (Our Place) art competition entry form (445 KB) (PDF document)

Fill in this form then print to attach to the back of your artwork.

You are required to submit one piece of original artwork representing the theme Ngalla Maya (Our Place) with a local focus on: 

  • Balga           Place of the grasstree leaves
  • Joondalup  Charnok Woman Dreamtime
  • Midland      Corroborees
  • Perth           Mooro Kaarta (Kings Park)

Along with the artwork, please submit a written explanation (200 words) of how your artwork represents the theme and local focus on the suburb you are entering.

  • Artists must be 15 years of age or over at time of entry. 
  • Entrants must be local Aboriginal artists.
  • One work per artist may be submitted (with title). Artists are only eligible to win a maximum of one prize category in the awards. 
  • NMTAFE staff are not eligible to enter. 
  • All works will be viewed by an independent panel of judges, whose decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.  
  • All works and concepts must be the original, unaided work of the exhibiting artist based in Western Australia, created during the twelve months prior to competition opening and previously not shown. 
  • By nominating for the award, the artist warrants that, to the best of their knowledge, there is no cultural, religious or other reason that prevents the artist’s entry from being exhibited, published or reproduced.  
  • Artwork must be two-dimensional and not exceed 120cm x 120cm, with minimum size 50cm x 50cm. 
  • All artwork must be submitted in a state that is completed, dry, and ready for installing (D-rings etc.).
  • Artworks are to be complete and submitted by 7 October 2022.  

All artworks must be delivered to Koolark (30 Aberdeen Street, Perth) during campus hours between 3 and 7 October. 

All artworks must be submitted with an entry form (445 KB) (PDF document) SECURELY attached to the back of the work that includes the following details: 

  • Artist’s name 
  • Artist's contact details 
  • Artwork title and year of creation 
  • Written explanation (200 words) 
  • Estimated value, for insurance purposes. 

Please note you can download the entry form to complete and print, or pick up an entry from Koolark.

Artworks will be submitted via delivery to Koolark and will be on display at Koolark for public viewing and voting from 10-14 October.

Artworks will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Artwork tells a clear visual story, reflecting the theme Ngalla Maya (Our Place) with reference to either: Balga, Joondalup, Midland, or Perth JSCs
  • Artwork is creative and unique.
  • The written submission complements your visual work and corresponds with the brief.
  • Skill and technique. 

The general public will be invited to view and vote for their favourite artwork. NMTAFE will appoint an independent panel of judges to verify the public vote and select the winning entries for each JSC. 

Winners will be announced in November and all entrants will have the opportunity to display (and sell) their artwork at Gallery Central’s 2023 opening exhibition (30 January – 18 February 2023).

NMTAFE and the Jobs and Skills Centres will launch an art show at Gallery Central.

Winners of the competition will be exhibited as part of the show. All successful entrants will be invited to exhibit at the show. 

No artwork may be removed before the end of the exhibition. 

Your artwork can be collected after 18 February.   

The four successful artwork pieces will be proudly displayed in our Jobs and Skills Centres at our campuses in Perth, Balga, Joondalup and Midland.  

By nominating for the award, the artist agrees to allow NMTAFE to: 

  • Reproduce, publish and display entries, in full or in part, for use in any promotional materials and publications, including promotions of NMTAFE’s future Art Awards. 

Failure to comply with any of the above may result in exclusion from the exhibition.

NMTAFE reserves the right to refuse entry or to remove any artwork from the exhibition at any time.