Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards

23 August 2013 - 27 January 2014

The Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards, the richest Indigenous arts prize in the country, is a national award founded in 2008 to celebrate the breadth, diversity and excellence of art from all corners of Indigenous Australia. The awards acknowledge the significant and ongoing contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists make to Australian art, culture and society.

Sixteen finalists will be represented in the exhibition of the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2013. The artists who have been invited to participate in the awards exhibition have the opportunity to share in $65,000 in prizes. The awards comprise a group exhibition of outstanding art and three non-acquisitive awards totalling $65,000: the Western Australian Indigenous Art Award of $50,000; the Western Australian Artist Award of $10,000; and the People’s Choice Award of $5,000.

Recipient of the Western Australian Indigenous Art Award of $50,000

Brian Robinson

Brian Robinson of Waiben (Thursday Island), Queensland, is the recipient of the Western Australian Indigenous Art Award of $50,000, the nation’s richest Indigenous arts prize for exceptional achievements by an Australian Indigenous artist. Robinson was selected from 137 nominations received from across Australia.

Recipient of the Western Australian Artist Award of $10,000

Churchill Cann

Churchill Cann of Warmun, Western Australia, is the recipient of the Western Australian Artist Award of $10,000. This prize is awarded for the exceptional achievements of a Western Australian Indigenous artist. Churchill Cann grew up on Texas Downs station where he worked as a stockman for most of his life. He has travelled extensively through the Kimberley working on many different cattle stations. Cann is a traditional medicine man for the Gija people; and worked alongside Rover Thomas and Queenie McKenzie in the early stages of the Warmun art movement.

People's Choice Award

Brian Robinson is the winner of The People’s Choice Award of $5,000. Robinson received the highest number of votes from the public; Ray Ken and Minyawe Miller were awarded second and third place respectively.

Brian Robinson, and meanwhile back on earth the blooms continue to flourish

Brian Robinson

…and meanwhile back on earth the blooms continue to flourish 2013

wood, plastic, steel, synthetic polymer paint, feathers, plant fibre and shell

200.0 x 350.0 x 50.0cm

Artwork courtesy of the artist and Mossenson Galleries

© the artist, courtesy of Mossenson Galleries


The sixteen artists selected to exhibit are:

NAME (listed alphabetically)

LIVES

LANGUAGE GROUP

Churchill Cann

WA

Gija

Julie Gough

TAS

Trawlwoolway

Ray Ken

SA

Pitjantjatjara / Yankunyjatjara

Beaver Lennon

SA

Antikirinya Mirning

Minyawe Miller

WA

Warnman

Abe Muriata

QLD

Girramay

Wintjiya  Napaltjarri

NT

Pintupi

Lawrence Omeenyo

QLD

Umpila

Brian Robinson

QLD

Kala Lagain Ya

Yhonnie Scarce

VIC

Kokatha / Nukunu

Dulcie Sharpe

NT

Luritja

Christian Thompson

VIC

Bidjara

Conrad Tipungwuti

NT

Tiwi

Wukun Wanambi

NT

Yolngu / Miwatj

Ngipi Ward

WA

Ngaanyatjarra

Nora Wompi

WA

Manyjilyjarra

 

WAIAA Catalogue

View the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards catalogue online


See also

 

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