Twenty artists are in the running for prizes totaling more than $50,000 as part of the Victorian Government’s 2012 Victorian Indigenous Art Awards.
The awards, now in their seventh year, profile the diversity of Indigenous arts practice in Victoria and showcase the uniqueness of south-east Australian Aboriginal art.
Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu said the Victorian Indigenous Art Awards played an important role in celebrating and promoting the work of the State’s Indigenous artists and our unique Koorie culture.
“There are many voices and many generations of Indigenous artists in Victoria working to uphold traditions and to express their culture in new and distinct ways,” Mr Baillieu said.
“The shortlisted artists work across a variety of mediums, from traditional painting and weaving techniques to photography, sculpture, video and street art.”
Mr Baillieu said the 27 shortlisted works were selected from 132 entries for this year’s awards.
The awards, which give prizes across five categories, are open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists living in Victoria. This year’s finalists include both regional and metropolitan artists, past winners and several who have not been shortlisted before. Seven of the shortlisted artists have two artworks on the shortlist.
The finalists were selected by an expert judging panel comprising Dr Treahna Hamm, an Aboriginal artist; Clinton Nain, a Torres Strait Islander artist; and Jason Smith, Director of Heide Museum of Art.
The winners of the 2012 Victorian Indigenous Art Awards will be announced on 9 March 2012 and fortyfivedownstairs is proud to host the finalist exhibition, open to the public from 10 to 31 March 2012.
We are delighted to announce the finalists in the Victorian Indigenous Art Awards 2012:
Paola Balla – Footscray (two works)
Trevor Turbo Brown – Brunswick (two works)
Every Dog Have Their Day
Megan Cadd – Doncaster East
Teddy Chessels – Preston
The Lone Canoe
Jody Croft – Swan Hill
Katrina Doolan – Mildura
Babies Are Our Future
Gwendoline Garoni – Reservoir
Regrowth in my Tribal Country
Daniel King – Fitzroy (two works)
Jason B King – Sale
Brian Martin – Seddon (two works)
Methexical Countryscape: Wurundjeri #2
Methexical Countryside: Wiradjuri #2
Glenda Nicholls – Northcote
Steaphan Paton – Fitzroy North
My Bullock (pictured)
Simon Penrose – California Gully
Eyes Are The Windows To The Soul
Eva Ponting – Shepparton
Turtle Spirit Dreaming
Wayne Qilliam – Point Cook
Guided by Spirits
Reko Rennie – South Melbourne
Message Stick (Gold)
Dallas Scott – Pakenham (two works)
Lyn Warren – California Gully
Gloria Whalan – Yallourn (two works)
Guulaangga The Frog
A Night of Remembrance
Naretha Williams – Coburg (two works)
Self Portrait 1 – SLIP Series
Self Portrait 3 – SLIP Series