Victorian Indigenous Art Awards winners for 2013 - Art Collector

Ray Thomas, A Gunnai Elder - Mum Alice, oil on canvas. Courtesy: the artist and the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Victoria

6 November 2013 | The winners of the 2013 Victorian Indigenous Art Awards have just been announced.

Melbourne artist Ray Thomas won the main $30,000 Deadly Art Award for a portrait of his mother
A Gunnai Elder - Mum Alice, shown above.

The judging panel for this year's awards comprised Lee-Ann Buckskin, chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board at the Australian Council for the Arts; Gordon Morrison, director of the Art Gallery of Ballarat; and Margo Neale, senior research fellow, senior curator and principal Indigenous advisor to the director at the National Museum of Australia. They described Thomas' winning painting as "a work of singular spiritual power."

Bronwyn Razem, Eel Trap with Emu Feathers, New Zealand flax and emu feathers. Courtesy: the artist and the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Victoria

Aside from the main prize, there was an additional $25,000 worth of prizes awarded at the opening ceremony, which was held at the Art Gallery of Ballarat on Saturday.

Bronwyn Razem received the $5,000 University of Ballarat acquisitive award (winning work shown above) and Lucy Williams-Connelly received the $5,000 Australian Catholic University acquisitive award. Georgia MacGuire and Peter Waples-Crowe were awarded the Copyright Agency sponsored prizes for three dimensional works and works on paper respectively. John Duggan and Bindi Cole received highly commended awards.

The finalists exhibition features works by 31 artists and showcases a range of contemporary and traditional art practices. It can be seen at the Art Gallery of Ballarat until 8 December 2013.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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