Joblink Plus Indigenous Art Competition
Jobs Australia is proud, as well as fortunate, to work alongside many organisations who deliver exceptional programs and outcomes within their communities.
JobLink Plus, a Member of Jobs Australia has found a way to deliver their Indigenous Art Competition despite the restrictions the current climate is imposing and in fact reaching a larger audience than ever before.
Joblink Plus is an organisation providing employment services and vocational training. They deliver to a range of communities across rural and regional NSW, covering around 70% of the State. Joblink Plus can be found as far north as Boggabilla and Tenterfield, out west to Broken Hill, throughout the Hunter and Newcastle region, across the Central West to Lake Cargelligo and as far south as Wollongong.
Joblink Plus is a for purpose, not for profit organisation, working with communities leading to employment opportunities with sustainable outcomes. In an average year, Joblink Plus places approximately 8,000 people into employment and enrols 5,000 students into vocational training.
Joblink Plus supports communities through direct contributions, social enterprise, and grass roots volunteering. They also partner with a diverse range of organisations with shared values, including local sporting teams, arts events, health initiatives as well as various youth and Indigenous programs.
Joblink Plus have had to really think outside the box to deliver the Indigenous Art Competition this year and Jobs Australia are proud to promote and endorse this initiative.
The 2019-2020 Joblink Plus Indigenous Art Competition has seen a massive response, with 83 artworks entered from around the Joblink Plus footprint in NSW.
With the current restrictions around social gatherings, Joblink Plus are pleased to have found a solution that allows even more people to see every entry.
They have moved online for the exhibition and purchases of all artworks. The quality of the entries is phenomenal, and Joblink Plus are honoured to be able to present the hard work and dedication of local Indigenous artists through an accessible digital format.
Sophie Schumann-Maude is the Program Coordinator acknowledging, “with 83 entries this time around, the Joblink Plus Indigenous Art Competition has more than doubled in size. The addition of a junior category has really allowed us to expand our focus, and we have ended up with a beautiful variety of themes, subjects and styles throughout the entire exhibition. Though the restrictions around public gatherings have unfortunately meant that we could not hold a physical public gallery exhibition as planned, it has given us the opportunity to experiment with online galleries and purchasing sites – and in the end we have been able to bring the spectacular works of art to people across the country through these virtual spaces.”
Matthew McIntyre is a Regional Manager at Joblink Plus, as well as a judge of the competition. Matthew stated how it was “an absolute pleasure to be a part of the 2020 Joblink Plus Indigenous Art Competition. Judging the work of these talented artists was extremely difficult, but at the same time it was an absolute privilege to be able to see so much passion on display from these wonderful regional artists.”
Jobs Australia encourages all Members to head on over and check out this brilliant initiative and to support a fellow Member during this time.
To view the entries and purchase pieces that are for sale visit https://www.joblinkplus.com.au/community/indigenous-art-competition/
To find out more about JobLink Plus please click onto their website https://www.joblinkplus.com.au
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