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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:

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.


Western Australian Indigenous Art Award Winner

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.

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.

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


Western Australian Artist Award Winner

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.

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


People's Choice Award

The winner of the $5,000 People's Choice award is Shane Pickett

Shane Pickett

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

See artworks of the People's Choice Award 2009 winner and all the other art award winners and finalists



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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.

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