Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards
25 July - 15 November 2009
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 second year, the WA Indigenous Art Award has gone from strength to strength, with 213 nominations received from arts organisations nationally.
The awards comprise a group exhibition of outstanding art and three non-acquisitive awards:
- Western Australian Indigenous Art Award of $50,000
- The Western Australian Artist Award of $10,000
- People's Choice Award of $5,000.
This exhibition showcases outstanding works by 15 Indigenous artists from across the nation and one artists’ group who were selected as the finalists. Each of the artists bring a unique vision to the awards and, placed together, their work reveals the dominant and emerging mediums, subjects and experiences shaping contemporary Indigenous art today.
The winner of the richest Indigenous art award in Australia, the Western Australian Indigenous Art Award, which is valued at $50,000, is Ricardo Idagi.
Malo mask 2008
turtle shell, cowrie shells, mussel shells, feathers, raffia, wicker, saimi saimi seeds, human hair and ochre
157 x 120 x 70 cm
Artwork courtesy Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
Image © Ricardo Idagi, courtesy Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
Highly Commended in this category is Lorraine Connelly-Northey.
Waradgerie Winnowers’ 2009
corrugated iron, tin, mesh, rabbit-proof fencing wire,
barbed wire and an assortment of fencing wires
770 x 327 cm
Artwork courtesy the artist
Image © Lorraine Connelly-Northey
The Western Australian artist awarded the $10,000 Wakartu Cory Surprise.
Wakartu Cory Surprise
Kurtal Jiwari 2009
acrylic on canvas
119.5 x 119 cm
Artwork courtesy the artist, Mangkaja Arts, Fitzroy Crossing
Image © the artist, courtesy Mangkaja Arts, Fitzroy Crossing
Highly Commended in this category is Christopher Pease.
King George Sound 2008/2009
oil and Balga resin on canvas
102 x 291 cm
Artwork courtesy the Nelson family
Image © the artist, courtesy of Goddard de Fiddes Gallery
Photo: Tony Nathan
The winner of the $5,000 People's Choice award is Shane Pickett
Morning cold and the waterhole cool 2008
acrylic on linen
183 x 153 cm
Artwork courtesy Mossenson Galleries
Image © the artist, courtesy Mossenson Galleries
Exhibition opening times
The Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2009 exhibition is on display at the Art Gallery of Western Australia from 25 July to 15 November 2009, 10am to 5pm daily. Wednesday to Monday. LAST DAYS
Entry to the exhibition is free. A gold coin donation is always welcome.
- 2009 People’s Choice Award - winner announced
- Artist profiles of the 2009 finalists
- About the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards
- What’s On at the Gallery
- Floor talks and workshops
- Online article: The Nut Graph: "Should Governments fear diversity and dissent" - By Shanon Shah, 5 Nov 2009.
- Plan your visit
- Previous Year - Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2008
- Media Centre
- Contact Us
- Download the exhibition catalogue
- Download the Minister's media release announcing the finalists
- Download the Minister's media release announcing the winners of the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2009
- Download the media release announcing the winner of the People's Choice Award and call for 2010 Nominations