Christian Thompson, To Behold is to be Beholden (detail), 2016, 120 x 120 cm, C-Type print.
Image courtesy the artist and Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne.

Power Publications is pleased to announce that it will award a dissertation prize for the best PhD, DPhil or Master by Research written on Indigenous art. Supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, this prize supports new research and writing on Indigenous art within a scholarly context.

The prize is not restricted to authors of Indigenous heritage. Academic supervisors will be invited to nominate candidates and a jury led by Professor Ian McLean, of the University of Melbourne, will select an awardee. The prize will be financial ($2,000) and the winning author will be invited to present their research at the University of Sydney.

Application requirements:

  • The 2017 round of the award is currently open and applications can be made via Submittable
  • Applicants for the 2017 award must have completed and defended their dissertation in the calendar year 2016
  • Applications for the 2017 round open in July 2017 and close September 2017
  • The winner will be announced in NAIDOC Week, 1–5 July 2018

For any enquires, please contact:
Marni Williams, Publications Officer
T +61 2 9351 7324


The Power Publications Award for Indigenous Art Writing and the Power Publications Dissertation Prize for Indigenous Art Research have been generously supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.