Mabel Juli wins Kate Challis RAKA Award for 2013 - Art Collector

Aileen Sandy, Colours of the Rock. Courtesy: the artist, Yinjaa-Barni Arts, and the Cossack Art Awards, Western Australia

21 August 2013 | East Kimberley artist Mabel Juli has won the 2013 Kate Challis RAKA Award for her minimalist painting Garnkeny Ngarranggarni, or Moon Dreaming.

Juli is a respected Gija elder and travelled from her home in Warmun in north-east Western Australia to accept the award at the opening function last week. The judges said her use of natural pigments conveys the potency of country and the enduring essence of the dreaming.

Garnkeny Ngarranggarni was selected for the $25,000 main prize from a shortlist comprising artists from remote, regional and urban Australia, including Daniel Boyd, Hector Burton, Timothy Cook, Garawan Wanambi and Regina Wlison.

The Kate Challis Raka Award was established in 1988 to assist in the development of Indigenous creative artists. It is offered annually and in a five year cycle with various disciplines awarded each year - creative prose, drama, scriptwriting, poetry and visual arts. This year's finalists exhibition will run at Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne until November 3.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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