Painter Jimmy Donegan wins 27th Telstra Award - Art Collector

Jimmy Donegan, Papa Tjukurpa, Pukara. Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 180 x 200cm. Courtesy: the artist and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

17 August 2010 | South Australian painter Jimmy Donegan has won the $40,000 Telstra Award in the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award.

His two-metre wide canvas Papa Tjukurpa and Pukara relays two ancestral stories, drawn from his father and grandfather, which relate to the dingo dreaming and water snake dreaming. Donegan, now based at Kalka in South Australia, was also named winner of the $4,000 general painting award.

Also celebrated last week were the winners of the general categories. Dennis Nona won the works on paper category, Glen Namundja won the bark painting category and the three-dimensional award went to Wukun Wanambi. The new media award, offered for the first time this year, was won by Buku-Larrnggay Mulka artist Nawurapu Wunungmurra for his work Mokuy.

Telstra Country Wide's Brett Riley has announced the company will continue sponsorship of the $4,000 new media award and it will now become a permanent category in the NATSIAAs.

Darwin's Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory will host the exhibition until 7 November 2010 and artworks in this year's exhibition can be also be viewed online at

Jane O'Sullivan