Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize

11 May – 26 May 2024
Ravenswood School for Girls
Ku-ring-gai Country, Gordon, NSW

A huge congratulations to Margaret Smith who has been selected as a finalist in the Indigenous Emerging category for the 2024 Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize with her sculptural piece 'Waru' (fire).

Margaret is a Yankunytjatjara woman from the remote community of Imanpa, Northern Territory.  Alongside being an accomplished artist, Margaret has played a crucial role in NPY Women’s Council as a board member and advocate for many years. She is currently the NPY Women's Council Chairperson. Margaret studied interpreting in Alice Springs and became one of the very first Anangu accredited interpreters. Margaret is a highly regarded spokesperson for the NPY region and has been a member of a number of boards and committees including the Board of Management of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and the Cross-border Reference Group on Volatile Substance Misuse.

"I was watching many bush fires surrounding my community and Alice Springs. The car helps you get away from the fire and you can use it as a fire truck to carry water and put the fire out. The fires frighten us as it could take our house and family. It is dangerous when the dry buffel grass builds up so it’s important to use fire to care for the Country." - Margaret Smith 

The Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize is an annual acquisitive prize that was launched in 2017 to advance art and opportunity for emerging and established women artists in Australia. It is the highest value professional artist prize for women in Australia.