Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards

31 July 2010- 3 January 2011

 

The Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards is a national art award founded in 2008 to celebrate the diversity and richness of Indigenous art from across the country. In its third year, the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards has gone from strength to strength, with 185 nominations received this year from arts organisations nationally.


The awards comprise a group exhibition of outstanding art and three non-acquisitive awards:

This year's Awards exhibition includes sculpture, video, painting and photography by five artists from Western Australia and 11 artists from other parts of Australia.

Artworks will range from the textured, ever-alluring paintings of Makinti Napanangka, the challengingly political videos and paintings of Richard Bell, the playful recollections of childhood experiences as seen in paintings by Nura Rupert and Pauline Moran, to Wakartu Cory Surprise’s striking depictions of Country.

The Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards provides a current and vivid representation of the breadth, diversity and power of Australian Indigenous art practices. The Awards exhibition offers valuable insight into, and deserved recognition for, the incredible contribution Indigenous artists continue to make to Australian culture and society.

 

Western Australian Indigenous Art Award Winner

The winner of the richest Indigenous art award in Australia, the Western Australian Indigenous Art Award of $50,000 is Wakartu Cory Surprise...Artwork Images

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Wakartu Cory Surprise
Wayampararti 2009
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
120.0 x 119.8 cm
Artwork courtesy of a private collection
Image © Wakartu Cory Surprise, courtesy of Mangkaja Arts, Fitzroy Crossing

 

Western Australian Artist Award Winner

The winner of the Western Australian Indigenous Artist Award of $10,000 is

Sonia Kurarra...Artwork Images

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Sonia Kurarra
River near Noonkanbah 2009
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
119.0 x 119.0cm
Artwork courtesy of a private collection
Image © Sonia Kurarra, courtesy of Mangkaja Arts, Fitzroy Crossing

 

People's Choice Award Winner

The winner of the People’s Choice Award of $5,000 is Gulumbu Yunupingu.

Our diverse Gallery audience have responded to the talent and delicate sensibility of Yunupingu’s artworks. Her entrancing paintings on bark and carved wood of Garak, The Universe and Ganyu, Stars, depict an infinite universe of stars, shared by all. They show true innovation, while embodying understandings of Yolngu belief systems and contemporary life.

Gulumbu Yunupingu
Ganyu 2009
ochre on hollowed log
232cm height
Artwork courtesy of the artist, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka,
Northern Territory and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
Image © Gulumbu Yunupingu, courtesy of Buku-Larrnggay Mulka,
Northern Territory and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
Photographer: Chris Groenhout

 

Exhibition opening times

The Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 20010 Awards exhibition will be on display at the Art Gallery of Western Australia 31 July 2010 to 3 January 2010, 10am-5pm daily. Wednesday to Monday.

Entry to the exhibition is free. A gold coin donation is always welcome.


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Last Reviewed: 15 December 2010

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