About Walkanu

Walkanu is a Tjupan word meaning ‘to mark’ or ‘to paint’. This language with roots in the Northwest Goldfields, from Barwidgee Station to Leinster and beyond, has only six fluent speakers left. Our prize echoes the enduring strokes of a culture rich in history and artistry.

***The Walkanu Arts Prize was proudly created to celebrate NAIDOC Week, honouring the rich history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. At the heart of Walkanu is our commitment to showcase the incredible talent and artistic diversity within First Nations communities across Australia.

This year’s theme is: Keeping the Fire burning! Blak, loud and proud.

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