Image: Gracie Vazey-Pappas, Blak & Blu junior finalist, 2021.

Blak & Blu 2022 – workshops

Next workshops: Our workshops in August will be held on Saturday August 13 and 27, 12-4pm. We will meet in the church hall (56a Raglan St Waterloo) and online. All materials and lunch provided. Gold coin donation.

Catherine and Andrew will lead simple drawing exercises – using black and blue biros. See below for details regarding this year’s Blak & Blu prize.


Drawings on A4 paper (minimum weight 300gsm) using black and/or blue biros. The work should comment on a social or environmental issue.

Send entries to Blak & Blu, Orchard Gallery, PO Box 3288 Redfern NSW 2016 (please include stamped self-addressed envelope so we can return your work). Entries close AUGUST 31, 2022.

Please complete the online Entry Form:

There will be a $1,000 prize, plus a Junior prize (thanks to Art on King, Newtown), as well as formal commendations and opportunity to have work included in an exhibition at the Orchard Gallery (56a Raglan St, Waterloo). Award ceremony and launch – 2pm, SEPTEMBER 10, 2022.

This year’s judge will be Dee Smart, three-times Archibald finalist, represented by Nanda\Hobbs gallery in Chippendale.

The Blak & Blu annual pen on paper art prize is inspired by 19th-century Aboriginal artist Tommy McRae, who used art to comment subtly and not-so subtly on social conditions – satirising colonial culture, calling out entitlement and injustice.

Blak & Blu is sponsored by Redfern-based Dhungatti artist Blak Douglas (Archibald Winner 2022), whose own politically-charged work includes painting, photography, sculpture, commercial campaigns and communal projects.

Join via Zoom:

Meeting ID: 833 5169 4085
Passcode: 794011