Byron Bay fashion designer Mia Brennan.
Byron Bay fashion designer Mia Brennan. Doug Eaton

Byron designer's dug-up dress in running for $40k art prize

A SILK DRESS that had been buried in the earth by a Byron Bay artist is among artwork on display at Parliament House in Sydney and could lead to a $40,000 prize in the 2014 Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize.

Dirty Girl Dress (buried Silk Project) by Byron Bay's Mia Brennan is one of the few mixed media pieces on display from the 35 finalists in the prestigious art prize and is the first time re-imagined clothing has been a finalist's work.

Brennan showed her earth-buried fabrics earlier this year when her gowns were among those featured at the first Australian Indigenous Fashion Week held at Sydney Town Hall.

Dirty Girl Dress (buried Silk Project) will be on display in an exhibition of finalists' work in Parliament through October, with the winner to be announced on Wednesday.

Luke Close
Luke Close Doug Eaton

Lismore artists Luke Close, Michael Philp and Penny Evans are also finalists - Close shortlisted for his painting, My Dreaming; Philp for his painting My Hearts Beacon and Evans for her Mapping Genealogy; a unique work that includes a 16-page book.

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