Bevan Skinner is a finalist in the 2013 Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize.
Bevan Skinner is a finalist in the 2013 Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize. Adam Hourigan

Much at stake in art

GRAFTON artist Bevan Skinner has made the finals of the richest art prize available for Aboriginal people born in NSW.

Mr Skinner is a finalist in the 2013 Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize and will be competing for the $40,000 main cash prize, as well as the opportunity to win a coveted residency program at the College of Fine Art, UNSOWN.

A specialist in ceramics, Mr Skinner has been shortlisted for his set of three pinch pots titled Waagay-muli - Fireflies mixed series 2-3.

One of Mr Skinner's calling cards for which he has become well known is the application of a dot design called Biralaals of the Wuluurr, which means stars of the valley in the Gumbaygan language.

Waagay-muli features these dots in a beautiful mix of yellow and black and will compete with 34 other works from established and emerging Aboriginal artists such as Black Douglas and Digby Moran.

The pinch pots will be on display as part of a free public exhibition of finalists' works at the Parliament of NSW this October.

The winner, to be announced at the Parliament on Wednesday, October 16 will receive a $40,000 cash prize, while their work is acquisitive to the Parliament's permanent fine art collection.



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