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Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu

Victoria Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu

New Wave Of Indigenous Art Celebrated In 2011 Awards

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Melbourne-based contemporary artist Ben McKeown has been awarded Victoria’s biggest prize for indigenous artists the $25,000 Deadly Art Award, supported by Arts Victoria.

McKeown was one of four artists to take out top honours at the 2011 Victorian Indigenous Art Awards, which celebrate the depth and diversity of Victoria’s indigenous arts sector.

Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu said McKeown’s untitled work, a large-scale recreation of a Polaroid photograph, redefined the concept of indigenous art and was an excellent example of how Victorian indigenous artists were celebrating their distinct culture in new and dynamic ways.

 

 

“Unanimously selected as the Deadly Art Award winner, Untitled demonstrates the energy and passion of indigenous artists in Victoria, who work across a range of traditional and contemporary mediums to tell the stories of a rich and proud indigenous culture.” Premier Baillieu said.

“Indigenous art in Victoria dates back many thousands of years but these awards, and the stunning work of the 25 finalists from Regional and Metropolitan areas across Victoria, show that our indigenous arts sector is constantly evolving as a key part of the contemporary art scene right across the state.”

Other 2011 Victorian Indigenous Art Award winners are:

Naretha Williams, whose digital projection works Shifter received the $5,000 Koorie Heritage Trust Acquisition Award. The work, portraying dance as ceremony and ritual, will now become the first digital projection work to enter the Trust’s permanent collection;

Kamahi-Djordon King, who received the $5,000 CAL Victorian Indigenous Art Award for Works on Paper for Attack of the 50 Foot Black Gin, a contemporary take on 1950s movie posters; and

Paola Balla, who received the $5,000 CAL Victorian Indigenous Art Award for Three Dimensional Works for her small-scale sculptural work titled A Little Birdy Told Me.

The 2011 VIAA judging panel included artist and curator Maree Clarke of the Koorie Heritage Trust, contemporary artist and 2009 Deadly Art Award winner Bindi Cole, and Director of the Geelong Gallery Geoffrey Edwards.

Voting is now open for the Arts Victoria People’s Choice Award, an opportunity for the public to vote for their favourite work. The artist responsible for the most popular artwork will receive $2,500.

The free 2011 Victorian Indigenous Art Awards exhibition, including all shortlisted works, is now open at fortyfivedownstairs 45 Flinders Lane Melbourne.

Winners – 2011 Victorian Indigenous Art Awards:

DEADLY ART AWARD

Winner – $25,000

Ben McKeown (Moonee Ponds)

Untitled

Highly Commended – $5,000

Dawn Mongta (Cann River)

Dawnie’s Personal Belongings – Monero Women’s Salt and Fresh Water Net

KOORIE HERITAGE TRUST ACQUISITION AWARD

Winner – $5,000

Naretha Williams (Coburg)

Shifter

CAL VICTORIAN INDIGENOUS ART AWARD FOR WORKS ON PAPER

Winner – $5,000

Kamahi-Djordon King (Preston West)

Attack of the 50 Foot Black Gin

Highly Commended – $1,500

Megan Cadd (Doncaster East)

One Dress, So Much History

Nan’s Dress

CAL VICTORIAN INDIGENOUS ART AWARD FOR THREE DIMENSIONAL WORKS

Winner – $5,000

Paola Balla (West Footscray)

A Little Birdy Told Me

Highly Commended – $1,500

Robyne Latham (Kingsville)

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