Ruth Passmore, Jane Taylor, Lynda Griffin and Cher Breeze look at the Packers Choice winner at the Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Award - Mirra-winni Gaze's
Ruth Passmore, Jane Taylor, Lynda Griffin and Cher Breeze look at the Packers Choice winner at the Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Award - Mirra-winni Gaze's "Savannah Dreaming Nurtured Child" Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner Adam Hourigan

Tight finish for prize

STAFF and volunteers at the Grafton Regional Gallery have made up their minds after close judging in the Packers' Prize for the 2013 Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Award.

And the winner is … Savannah Dreaming - Nurtured Child by Mirri-Winni Gaze from Brunswick Heads.

The packers hang many exhibitions a year at the gallery and believe they know a good work of art when they see it. But choosing the 2013 winner wasn't easy.

Mirri-Winni Gaze won by a whisker from second choice Michael Philp from Lismore, closely followed by Charlene Williams from Yamba. Although the packers' award doesn't carry prize money, it's seen as a great honour for the winning artist.

Now it's over to members of the public who will vote for their favourite work in the Gallery Cafe's People's Choice award operating throughout the exhibition that runs until December 8.

Everyone casting a vote in the People's Choice throughout the exhibition will go in the draw to win the Gallery Cafe's People's Choice $60 lunch voucher, to be enjoyed in the gallery's shady courtyard.

To the main event - and the official announcement of the winner of the $5000 acquisitive prize and the $1000 encouragement award for new media will be made at the official opening at 6pm tonight at the gallery.

The announcement will be made by judge Keith Munro, curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.

Grafton Regional Gallery is at 158 Fitzroy St, Grafton and is open 10am-4pm Tuesday-Sunday.

For further information, www.graftongallery.nsw .gov.au.



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