Spinifex Arts Project wins Indigenous Art Centre Award - Art Collector

Women's Collaborative, Untitled, acrylic on canvas, 243 x 203cm. Courtesy: the artists, Spinifex Arts Project, Western Australia and and Shalom Gamarada College, University of New South Wales, Sydney

27 November 2013 | Spinifex Arts Project, based in the remote West Australian community of Tjuntjuntjara, has won the $15,000 Glencore/Xstrata Indigenous Art Centre Award for 2013.

The announcement was made at a fundraising dinner for the Shalom Gamarada College at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) last week. The Shalom Gamarada program provides 25 scholarships to Indigenous students studying at UNSW and sponsorship funds are raised by selling Indigenous art online. This is facilitated through the Indigenous art centre award, where art centres are invited to submit a collection of artworks and a submission detailing how they will spend the prize money.

This year's finalists were Tjungu Palya, Martumili Artists, Ernabella Arts, Durrmu Arts, Tjala Arts, Warlukurlangu Artists and Spinifex Art Project. All of the entries are for sale - click
here to see them.

The current Spinifex Arts Project working space. Courtesy: Spinifex Arts Project, Western Australia and Shalom Gamarada College, University of New South Wales, Sydney

Spinifex Arts Project has been operating for 15 years facilitating painting workshops in country. It is now transitioning away from a project based painting project to an art centre model. Spinifex Arts Project will use the funds from the award to create a functional painting studio and office by refurbishing an abandoned building. Spinifex artists already have a reputation for producing exceptional artworks - works are held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia and state galleries across the country, as well as in the Seattle Art Museum in the United States, Staatliches Museum fur Volkerkunde in Munich, the Aboriginal Art Museum in Utrecht, the Netherlands and the British Museum in London.

The judging panel for this year's award comprised Shaun Dennison, director of Indigenous art at Mossgreen in Melbourne; Pat Corrigan, author, philanthropist and art collector; Jennifer Hillman, director of Waterhole Art in Sydney; and Hilton Immeren, CEO of Shalom Gamarada College.


Alexandra Djurichkovic



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