Katherine Art Prize

The 46th Annual Katherine Art Prize has been postponed due to the current Covid-19 situation in Katherine.  We will keep you updated as we find out more information.

Image credit: 45th Katherine Art Prize winner: “Out of Darkness – Rush Cockroach” by Katie Bradley

The Katherine prize has been postponed until further notice. As we find out more information we will keep you updated. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Dating back to 1975, the Katherine Prize is the longest-running art award in the Northern Territory. Presented at the Katherine Town Council for over 30 years, the home of the Prize is now the Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre.

With $8,750 in prizes to be won, the annual event encourages professional and emerging artist and students of the Northern Territory to develop their practice and showcase their talents and skills to the region in the form of two and three-dimensional artworks.

The Katherine Prize is the only art prize in the Northern Territory that is exclusively for Territory artists. Entries are welcome from all genres of art and creativity, including special categories for remote youth and creative jewellery.

Prizes include the:

  • Katherine Prize sponsored by Geoffrey and Julie Newton Award $5,000
  • Katherine Prize sponsored by Katherine Town Council Award $2,000
  • Creative Jewellery Award $500
  • Keith and Florence Payne National Schools indigenous Art Awards
  • The People’s Choice Award $250 (Godinymayin Gift Voucher)

With the 2021 Opening Night scheduled for 19 November, the 46th Annual Prize is open to entries from emerging and established contemporary artists across the Northern Territory (artists must demonstrate they have been a resident of the Territory for at least 12 months).

This year Godinymayin are announcing a new genre the Creative Jewellery Award. There is currently no art prize in the Territory that recognises the art of jewellery making.

All art pieces, including the youth categories, may be available for sale during the exhibition at a price determined by the artist, providing an income for local creatives. The Board and Sponsors are excited to support this growing industry in the Big Rivers Region and across the Territory.

Keith & Florence Payne National Schools Indigenous Art Awards

Thanks to a generous donation, the Keith & Florence Payne National Schools Indigenous Art Awards, in its first year at Godinymayin. These awards will provide young Indigenous people a chance to explore and learn more about possible career options and connect young people in the creative industries sector.

Meet Our Judges

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Dr Joanna Barrkman
Curator, CDU Art Collection and Art Gallery

Dr Joanna Barrkman is a Curator at Charles Darwin University Art Collection and Art Gallery, Darwin. She has also worked in curatorial roles at the Fowler Museum, University of California Los Angeles, the National Gallery of Australia and at the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT. She recently edited Aboriginal Screen-Printed Textiles from Australia’s Top End, volume 16 of the Fowler Museum Textile Series. An exhibition by the name will open at the Fowler Museum in Los Angeles on 5 December 2021. She has curated exhibitions in Australia, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, New Zealand and USA.

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Therese Ritchie

Therese Ritchie is a practicing artist, experienced writer, portrait photographer and graphic designer. She has been living and working in the Northern Territory for over 30 years, co-owning GreenAnt Research Arts and Publishing in the 90s and then forming her own business, Black Dog Graphics, in 2002.


Therese began her graphic design career in the 90s—before the digital era—so her experience is both traditional and digital. Her expertise is print-based, but she also does web design; logo design; business stationery; signage; books; annual reports; DVDs, vehicles; posters; flyers; copy writing; illustrations and branding.


Therese enjoys portraiture photography and delivers intimate, beautiful and original portraits working with and for clients from children, people and their pets, to larger groups such as Indigenous communities wishing to communicate their ideas and culture to a wider audience.


As a practicing artist, Therese has been exhibiting her work for over 20 years and is in collections such as the National Gallery of Australia; Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory; Araluen Arts Centre; Gallery of Modern Art Queensland; Artbank; Flinders University; Charles Darwin University.

Katherine Art Prize History

The Katherine Town Council plays host to an extensive collection of the acquisition at the Civic Centre. The compulsory acquisition of the winning entries ceased in 2005 as there was nowhere to house the collection.

At the 1975 Katherine Show, Brian Lambert observed that there were high-quality artists in the region, but the quantity of entries was low; he offered an annual $500 prize for the best painting. This led to the establishment of the Brian and Jeannette Lambert Art Prize being hosted by the Katherine Town Council in 1977 as an acquisition award.

The Prize grew to include a craft section with contributions from Dr Peter an Mrs Kathleen Short and the Katherine Town Council in the latter years. The Prize had a name change and is now known as the Katherine Prize.

The legacy of contribution to the Katherine arts community by the Lambert Family led to their son Craig Lambert beginning work on the Katherine Regional Cultural Precinct working party in 2004 and progressing to be chairperson of the Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre 2012 – 2019.

The naming of the main gallery as the Lambert Gallery recognises Brian and Jeanette Lambert and their family’s foresight and contribution to the arts community of the Northern Territory. We acknowledge that their contribution has significantly enabled and will continue to enable the growth of the arts sector in the Katherine Region.

The Lambert Gallery neon sign reflects the history of Jeannette Lambert’s mother Mrs Petersen. She had a large neon CAFÉ sign on the roof of her café/gift shop in Katherine Terrace, where the current Northern Land Council building is now located.