Bayside Gallery Ellen José Awards 2022 Ellen José (1951-2017) was a pioneer in Australia's urban Indigenous art movement and a radical activist and social justice campaigner. Ellen José was a long-time resident of Bayside and in her honour, her family has established two important awards, the Ellen José Student Reconciliation Awards and the Ellen José Art Award for young women. The Ellen José Student Reconciliation Awards honour the life of Torres Strait Elder Ellen José. Ellen’s contribution to the arts and Bayside was outstanding and inspirational in raising awareness of reconciliation. Established in 2018, the Ellen José Student Reconciliation Awards are aimed at Bayside primary and secondary school students, bringing awareness of reconciliation to our young people, who are the future of Australia, through art and writing. Entrants are asked to interpret "What Reconciliation means through their eyes" in their artwork or writing piece. Now in their fourth year, the awards reflect Ellen Jose’s inspirational commitment to building awareness of reconciliation in Bayside and beyond. The Ellen José Memorial Foundation supports the Awards

edges of place, 2022
three-channel installation, 4k with sound, 17:00min

Winner of the Ellen Jose Art Award 2022
The judging panel for the Joondalup Art Prize included WA Art Gallery artistic director Ian Strange, Jana Braddock, curator of Goolugatup Heathcote, Max Delany, Artistic Director & CEO, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), and 2019 IAP Alumni Paul Kaptein. The judges praised the films thoughtful engagement with archival and family histories. They commended how the work provided strong and evocative reflection upon displacement as well as the histories and realities of refugees and asylum seekers fleeing persecution. As for the Ellen José Art Award, an exhibition in honour of Torres Strait Elder, Ellen José (1951-2017) pioneer in Australia’s urban Indigenous art movement, radical activist and social justice campaigner – the judges, Max Delany (ACCA) and Professor Marcia Langton AM, Associate Provost at the University of Melbourne commented, “…Eshraghian-Haakansson’s installation translates the violence of fundamentalism, the experience of homelessness, and the complexities of geography and history into rich emotional landscapes… As was the case in the work of Ellen José, both artists combine rich poetry with powerful politics.”