PHOTOGRAPHIC DIPTYCH: Judge Keith Munro with new media winner Brittany Hegedus. Photo: Contributed
PHOTOGRAPHIC DIPTYCH: Judge Keith Munro with new media winner Brittany Hegedus. Photo: Contributed

Art awards draw on indigenous spirit

DAVID Miller from Pottsville may have taken out the $5000 open prize for his painting Spirit of Ullagundahi, but he wasn't the only winner at the 2013 Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Awards.

Brittany Hegedus was awarded the $1000 encouragement prize for new media for her work, Isaac, a photographic diptych.

Keith Munro, curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art announced the winners at the official opening at Grafton Regional Gallery on Friday night.

"The gallery is delighted with the result," Mayor Richie Williamson said.

"David Miller's dynamic painting Spirit of Ullagundahi is a great addition to the contemporary Aboriginal collection we have at our gallery.

"The Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Award is an inspiring exhibition of work created by Aboriginal artists in our region and shouldn't be missed by anyone."

The winning work will join the collection of contemporary Aboriginal art at the Grafton Regional Gallery.

As winner of the $5000 prize, David Miller will have the opportunity to present a solo exhibition in the Loft gallery in 2015.

Frances Belle Parker, who won the award in 2011, is currently showing her exhibition, Always…, in the Loft gallery.

All exhibitions remain on show at Grafton Regional Gallery until December 8 and all works except the winning piece are for sale.



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