A sweeping, large-scale woven sail, as soon as used on fishing boats between Arnhem Land and pre-colonial Indonesia, has received first prize within the prestigious Nationwide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artwork Awards.
Six different artists have received class prizes together with bark portray and multimedia works, picked from amongst 63 finalists from over 200 entries.
This 12 months, NATSIAA’s grew to become the richest artwork award within the nation, with a complete prize pool of $190,000 and a doubling of the highest prize to $100,000.
These are the winners.
Telstra Artwork Award
The grand prize this 12 months went to senior Yolngu artist Margaret Rarru Garrawurra for Dhomala (panda nut sail).
The Garrawurra, who reside in Milingimbi in north-east Arnhem Land, recreated the kind of sail utilized in Macassan fishing by boats, which got here to commerce with the Yolngu in north-east Arnhem Land earlier than colonisation.
The weaving type used within the work was taught to her by her father, who realized from his father.
The work incorporates the wealthy black plant dye Ms Garrawurra has turn out to be identified for, which she collects and prepares herself.
Good friend and sister Helen Ganalmirriwuy, who helped interpret for Ms Garrawurra, stated that of all of the mediums her sister works in, weaving is “her favourite in her coronary heart”.
Normal portray prize
Indulkana artist Betty Muffler received the Normal Portray Award with a chunk titled Ngangkari Ngura (Therapeutic Nation).
Bark Portray Award
The Bark Portray Award this 12 months acknowledged a piece with the title Yunupingu (the rock) of D Yunupingu of Yirrkala, who died in 2021.
Works on Paper Award
Larrakia man Gary Lee, of Garramilla/Darwin, received the Works on Paper Award with a pastel, pen and digital print work titled Nagi.
Wandjuk Marika Memorial 3D Award
A joint work by Bonnie Burangarra and Freda Ali Wayartja from Yilan within the Northern Territory received this 12 months’s Wandjuk Marika Memorial 3D Award. The work is entitled An-gujechiya.
A video work by Jimmy John Thaiday from Erub within the Torres Strait, titled Past the Tracesreceived this 12 months’s multimedia award.
Rising Artist Award
The Rising Artist Award, given to an artist within the first 5 years of their apply, this 12 months went to Louise Malarvie from Kununurra, for a piece titled Pamarr Yara.