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WINTJIYA NAPALTJARRI – FINALIST IN 2013 WAIAA

The Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards, the richest Indigenous arts prize in the country, is a national award founded in 2008 to celebrate the breadth, diversity and excellence of art from all corners of Indigenous Australia. The awards acknowledge the significant and ongoing contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists make to Australian art, culture and society.

Sixteen finalists will be represented in the exhibition of the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2013. The artists who have been invited to participate in the awards exhibition have the opportunity to share in $65,000 in prizes. The awards comprise a group exhibition of outstanding art and three non-acquisitive awards totalling $65,000: the Western Australian Indigenous Art Award of $50,000; the Western Australian Artist Award of $10,000; and the People?s Choice Award of $5,000.

The $50,000 Western Australian Indigenous Art Award will be awarded to the artist whose work in the awards exhibition is considered by the selection panel to be the most outstanding. The winner of this award and the $10,000 recipient will be announced at the opening event on Thursday 22 August 2013. The People?s Choice Award of $5,000 will be presented at the end of the exhibition season to the artist who receives the highest number of visitor votes.

Papunya Tula Artists are thrilled to congratulate Wintjiya Napaltjarri on being selected as a finalist in the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2013.
This award is the nation’s richest Indigenous art prize and showcases the diversity of art practice across the country. The Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards comprises three non-acquisitive awards:
The Western Australian Indigenous Art Award of $50,000 will be awarded to the artist whose work is considered to be the most outstanding body of work in the Awards exhibition;
The Western Australian Artist Award of $10,000 will be awarded to a WA artist acknowledged as currently creating significant work; and
The People’s Choice Award of $5,000 will be awarded to the artist who receives the highest number of visitor/online votes.

The Western Australian Indigenous Art Award opens on 23rd August and runs until 27th January 2014.

For more information visit the Art Gallery Of Western Australia on the link below.

http://www.artgallery.wa.gov.au/WAIAA_2013/wa-indigenous-art-awards.asp