National Indigenous Arts Awards announce winners for 2013 - Art Collector

Rhonda Unrupa Dick, Panel 2 from the series My Great-Grandmother's Country, My Grandfathers Mother's Birthplace, 2012. Digital photographic print on archival paper, 36 x 26cm, edition of 10. Courtesy: the artist and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne

29 May 2013 | Renowned actor David Gulpilil, along with artists Rhonda Dick and Jennifer Kemarre Martiniello, have all been recognised at the 6th National Indigenous Arts Awards held at Sydney's Opera House on Monday evening.

David Gulpilil was awarded the main $50,000 Red Ochre award, the highest peer assessed award for an Indigenous artist in the country, for outstanding contribution towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts at both the national and international levels.

Photographer Rhonda Dick, who won the inaugural Desart Aboriginal Arts Worker Prize last year, received the $20,000 Dreaming Award. It is awarded to a young and emerging Indigenous artist. She will use the prize to study photography at the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney under the mentorship of Nici Cumpston. After a year of developing her practice and new work, Dick will have a solo exhibition at Outstation Gallery in Darwin and Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi in Melbourne.

Jennifer Kemarre Martiniello was one of two recipients of a $90,000 fellowship. She has made a name for herself with her evocations of traditional weaving in hot blown glass. Martiniello will undertake an extensive skills based program and will also travel to the United States to participate in advanced skills workshops at the Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle and the Corning Museum of Glass Studio in New York state. She will also attend the Glass Artists International Conference in Chicago in 2014.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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