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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | June 15, 2021

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Australia's first RAWards

Ratu Lewis

RAW:natural born artists AwardsFor the last six months we have been telling you about the wonderful creative initiative that is RAW.

Originating in the United States and operating in more than 55 cities, the RAW organisation made its first international debut in our creatively emerging city.

They have provided a stepping stone for so many young and local artists through their monthly exhibitions which have been a sell out each month.

Drawing to the end of the year, RAW will be hosting Australia’s first annual RAWards in Brisbane on Friday 23 November 2012 at The Arena in Fortitude Valley.

From the 100 plus local artists that have showcased at the Brisbane events, 40 have been shortlisted for the city’s first RAWards competition (check them out on the RAW website).

RAW Australia’s Executive Director Kristen Wehlow, said the RAWards offers emerging artists with an unprecedented opportunity.

“The nominees have the chance to win career-boosting prizes like studio time, gallery placement, and industry mentors; really helping to kick their dream careers in what can be a tough industry to crack,” she said.

All prizes and judges have been announced for RAW:natural born artists’ first Australian annual RAWards in Brisbane.

“Our Artists of the Year will walk away with such prizes as mentor workshops, recording time, gallery space, and magazine placement, providing the RAW artists with the tools to build promising careers.”

Twelve industry experts will be present on the evening and include QMusic program manager Martine Cotton, Project Runway Australia Season Two contestant Mark Neighbour, and Mocha Publishing owner Linda Woodhead.

The judging panel for each category will account for 50% of the vote on the evening, with the remaining 50% being left up to live public votes.

RAWards Australia will be the first awards evening to be held internationally since the indie organisation made its debut in California in 2009.

Make sure you make it out and support one of Brisbane’s ground-breaking, creative initiatives.

Tickets to this year’s RAWards evening can be pre-purchased online at for $15, or $20 at the door on the evening. Doors will open at 7.00pm.