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Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

    Indigenous art prizewinners announced

    Friday, 23 August 2013
    • Winners of the richest indigenous arts prize in Australia announced
    • New exhibition includes works by four WA artists and 12 national artists
    • Visit the Art Gallery to vote for your favourite piece in the People’s Choice Award

     Art works from 16 of the nation’s most talented indigenous artists will be on display at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, until January 2014 as part of the 2013 Indigenous Art Awards.


    Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the awards and exhibition provided a unique   opportunity for West Australians to view some of the most diverse and inspirational indigenous art in the nation.


    “The WA Indigenous Art Awards recognise and celebrate the value indigenous art brings to our society and is an important event in the Australian arts scene,” Mr Day said.


    Brian Robinson from Waiben, Queensland, was last night awarded the overall prize of $50,000 at the Indigenous Art Awards. Churchill Cann from Warmun, in the Kimberley, received the $10,000 Western Australian Artist prize.


    “A respected panel of national judges selected Brian Robinson as the overall winner for his ability to link the customs and traditions of the Torres Strait Islander people with references to other mythical narratives from cultures globally,” the Minister said.


    “Likewise, the judges thought Churchill Cann’s use of colour and charcoal in his paintings was outstanding.”


    Mr Day said a $5,000 People’s Choice Award would be awarded to the most popular artist, as voted by exhibition visitors.


    “I congratulate all 16 artists and encourage people to visit the Art Gallery to view this exhibition,” he said.


    This year’s judging panel consisted of:

    • John Barrett-Lennard:  Adjunct Professor, The University of Western Australia
    • Hetti Perkins: curator, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Sydney, Australia
    • Clotilde Bullen: curator of Indigenous Art, Art Gallery of Western Australia.

            Fact File

    • Exhibition opens August 23 and is on display through to January 27, 2014
    • People’s Choice Awards announced online on January 15, 2014
    • Awards supported by State Govt through the Department of Culture and the Arts
    • More information at

    Minister’s office - 6552 6200