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Calling all First Nations artists

United Workers Union has finalised a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Our RAP sets a vision of solidarity and partnership with First Nations peoples. It commits us to empower the voice and activism of First nations members within our union, our workplaces and our communities.

UWU has launched a First Nations Art Prize to help celebrate this milestone. Entries will be promoted in Union materials to tell the stories of our First Nations members and community. The winning entries will be also featured in the UWU Reconciliation Action Plan.

First prize is $1,000, second prize $300 and third prize is $100.

You can submit a painting, drawing, object or digital design. A photograph of the entry can be submitted with the entry form. Finalists will be sent a mailing package to send the original artwork to UWU for judging to determine the winners.

The themes of the competition are Activism, Solidarity, Partnership.

Entries close 11:59pm AEDT Monday 21st March 2022

The competition is currently closed for submissions.

This competition opens at 10am AEDT, Wednesday 23rd February 2022, & closes at 11.59pm AEDT on Monday 21st March 2022.

Terms and Conditions –   United Workers Union First Nations Art Prize  


  1. This competition is promoted by United Workers Union (ABN: 52 728 088 684). 27 Peel St, South Brisbane QLD 4101, ph 0409580401 email [email protected]


  1. The three themes of the art competition are ‘Activism‘, ‘Solidarity’ and ‘Partnership’. 


  1. The competition will open at 10:00am AEDT on Wednesday, 23rd February 2022.  The competition will close at 11:59pm AEDT on Monday, 21st March 2022.  Entries received outside of this time will not be considered.   


  1. Entrants must agree with the Terms and Conditions at the time of entry. 


  1. Entry is open to all current First Nations United Workers Union members and their family members. The artist must identify and be recognised as an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person.


  1. The entrant must affirm that the submission (and any part thereof) is their own work and they own the copyright to their artwork. 


  1. There are 3 prizes for the competition as voted by the judging panel.
    Overall winner – ($1,000.00 prize money)
    b) 2nd Prize – ($300.00 prize money) 
    c) 3rd Prize ($100.00 prize money)  


  1. United Workers Union will accept the following mediums:
    b) Drawing
    c) Digital Image
    d) Object 


  1. Entrants must provide the following with their entry:
    Their full name
    b) Their UWU membership details or details of their family members membership
    c) Email address or phone number. 
    d) Residential address
    e) Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Nation, Clan or Language Group.
    f) Description of their artwork and its meaning and how the work relates to one of the three themes of the art prize.
    g) A quality photograph of the artwork (1st round of judging will be based on this photo) 


  1. Finalists may be sent reply paid materials for them to post the original artwork to United Workers Union for final judging.


  1. United Workers Union will select a panel of judges who will judge all competition entries. Entries will be judged on the artwork and the description of how the artwork relates to the theme. The judges’ decision is final.   


  1. Entrants must agree to the union transcribing any non-digital artwork into a vector-based format for use in electronic and printed media. This will be done in consultation with the artist.


  1. United Workers Union reserves the right to remove any entry that does not comply with the Terms and Conditions in any way, or any entry that is deemed offensive or derogatory.


  1. The winner/s will be notified by phone or email on 6th March 2022.


  1. Entrants agree that United Workers Union is granted a perpetual license to use the artwork in printed and electronic communications materials including (but not limited to) promotion of the United Workers Union Reconciliation Action Plan. Copyright of the artwork remains with the artist.


Privacy and publicity:  


  1. United Workers Union will collect, manage, use, and disclose personal information in accordance with all relevant legislation and standards as per the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).  United Workers Union will not sell any part of information collected or posted as part of the art competition, nor will we disclose it to any outside organisation unless approved by you or as authorised under law. United Workers Union will take reasonable steps to securely store your information from loss, misuse, and unauthorised access.


  1. Entries may be promoted by United Workers Union on their website and social media platforms, Reconciliation Action Plan, and in their other communications channels.  By entering, entrants give permission for United Workers Union to use their entry and name on their websites, social media, Reconciliation Action Plan, and other platforms at the discretion of United Workers Union. 


  1. This competition is no way associated with, sponsored, endorsed or administered by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other social media platform where promotional material may be shared. 


  1. Please contact United Workers Union on 0409580401 or email [email protected] for further information.