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YUNKURRA BILLY ATKINS WINS 2017 HEDLAND ART AWARD

The other award winners were:

  • Clare Peake – Intermediate Pots
  • Sebastian Arrow – Jalinyi
  • Layne Dhu-Dickie – Captain Hedland’s Day Off
  • Nola Campbell – Ngikin Ngikin
  • Gloria  – Untitled
  • Doreen Chapman – Untitled (Mona Lisa)
  • Nyaparu William Gardiner –Drifter

FORM Regional Curator Kate Mullen said Yunkurra Billy Atkins was awarded the top prize of Most Outstanding Work for Kumpupirntily, which judges described as “a wonderful contemporary political work with subterranean and intangible elements within an Australian landscape, as intimately known by original custodians of this land.”

“It’s such an honour to be selected as a finalist for the 2017 Hedland Art Awards, and a great mark of respect to be selected as a winner,” Ms Mullen said.

“There are many strong entries in this year’s awards and the judges – Emilia Galatis, Tarryn Gill and Dr Ric Spencer – all noted on the challenge of selecting just eight winners from all the finalists.

“The winners were selected based on demonstrating strong ability and also diverse technique across multiple mediums.

“The judges prize, the Kathy Donnelly Award, was given to Doreen Chapman for Untitled (Mona Lisa) an emotive, experimental work which the judges described as “wild, soft, sad and intuitive.”

“Gloria, winner of Best Artwork by an Indigenous Artist for her untitled work was chosen for its beauty and confidence. “An energetic, bold, vibrant work full of energy, a commitment to the brush and mark making.”

“The winner of Best Artwork by a non-Indigenous Artist, Clare Peake for Intermediate Pots, was selected for her “fantastic selection of designed objects illustrating the joyousness of the everyday.” The combination of ceramic object and design works beautifully,” the Judges said.

“Other highlights of the 2017 Hedland Art Awards include Drifter by Nyaparu William Gardiner, which won the Best Medium other than Painting prize and Captain Hedland’s Day Off by Layne Dhu-Dickie, winner of the Youth Award.

To see the full list of winners and the winning artworks, visit our website at www.courthousegallery.com.au or our Facebok page www.facebook.com/porthedlandcourthousegallery.

“All winning and finalist works will be exhibited at the Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery until January 2018; an online catalogue of works is also available on our website and we recommend calling the gallery on (08) 9173 1064 to purchase works.”

FORM would like to thank the 2017 Hedland Art Awards Principal Partner BHP, and supporting partners Town of Port Hedland, Pilbara Development Commission, Pilbara Ports Authority and the Port Hedland International Airport for their support in delivering another successful community program.

The 2017 Hedland Art Awards festivities continue until December with the Public Program which includes creative workshops, events and business development seminars – view the program online at www.courthousegallery.com.au or pick up a hard copy from the Courthouse Gallery, Spinifex Hill Studios or the Port Hedland Visitor Centre.