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Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2015

4 July - 12 October 2015

The Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards, one of the richest Indigenous arts prizes in the country, is a national award founded in 2008 to celebrate the scope, diversity and excellence of art from all corners of Indigenous Australia. The awards acknowledge the significant and ongoing contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists make to Australian art, culture and society.

Fourteen finalists will be represented in the exhibition of the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2015. The artists who have been invited to participate in the awards exhibition have the opportunity to share in $65,000 in prizes. The awards comprise a group exhibition of outstanding art and three non-acquisitive awards totalling $65,000: the Western Australian Indigenous Art Award of $50,000; the Western Australian Artist Award of $10,000; and the People’s Choice Award of $5,000.

The $50,000 Western Australian Indigenous Art Award will be awarded to the artist whose work in the awards exhibition is considered by the selection panel to be the most outstanding. The winner of this award and the $10,000 recipient will be announced at the opening event on Friday 3rd July 2015. The People’s Choice Award of $5,000 will be presented at the end of the exhibition season to the artist who receives the highest number of visitor votes.

The awards and exhibition are supported by the Government of Western Australia through the Department of Culture and the Arts.

People's Choice Award

The winner of the People’s Choice Award, valued at $5,000, will be the artist with the highest number of votes from the public throughout the coming months.

Sandra Hill from Balingup, WA, has won the People’s Choice Award of $5,000 in the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2015. Sandra Hill received the highest number of votes from the public.


Click the links for more information on this year's winners.

Megan Cope is the recipient of the 2015 Western Australian Indigenous Art Award of $50,000.

Eunice Yunurupa Porter is the recipient of the Western Australian Artist Award of $10,000.

Sandra Hill is the recipient of the 2015 People's Choice Award of $5,000.

The Blaktism 2014 (still)

Megan Cope
The Blaktism 2014 (still)
single-channel HD video, edition of 5
8:04 minutes
Courtesy the artist and THIS IS NO FANTASY
© the artist, courtesy THIS IS NO FANTASY

Mission times truck 2014
Eunice Yunurupa Porter
Mission times truck 2014
synthetic polymer paint and recycled tin on plywood
60 x 80 cm
Courtesy the artist and Warakurna Artists
© the artist, courtesy Warakurna Artists
Sandra Hill Homemaker #9: The hairdresser 2014

Sandra Hill

Homemaker #9: The hairdresser 2014

oil on linen

76 x 91 cm

Courtesy the artist and Mossenson Galleries

© the artist, courtesy Mossenson Galleries

Guided Tours | FREE

WA Indigenous Art Awards

2pm, Saturdays & Sundays in July (no tour Sat 4 July)

2pm, Sunday – Friday in August

2pm, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays in September
2pm, Wednesday 7 October; Friday 2 & 9 October; Sunday 3 & 10 October

The fourteen artists selected to exhibit in 2015

WAIAA 2015 finalists

Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2015 selection panel

Amy Barrett-Lennard
Amy Barrett-Lennard has been the Director of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) since April 2006. She has previously held positions as: Director of the Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Curator of the Goldfields Arts Centre Gallery, Kalgoorlie- Boulder, Western Australia; and Manager of the British Pavilion at the 1995 Venice Biennale. Amy is a regular contributor to the broader national arts and cultural communities, having sat on numerous boards and panels including the Australia Council for the Arts, Museums Australia and Arts on the Move. She is currently a member of the Murdoch University Art Collection Board and Edith Cowan University's CREATEC (Centre of Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology, Education and Communications) and has been President of the Contemporary Arts Organisations Australia (CAOS) network since 2009.

Kimberley Moulton
Kimberley Moulton is a Yorta Yorta woman from Shepparton, Victoria. Kimberley is an emerging writer and curator and is currently the Project Officer for Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum. Kimberley works with Aboriginal Communities from across Victoria developing exhibitions for the space and facilitating access and engagement with Museum Victoria and was also an assistant curator on the international award winning exhibition First Peoples. In 2010 Kimberley was one of ten chosen for the inaugural Wesfarmers Indigenous Arts Leadership Program at the National Gallery of Australia. Kimberley is also one of five who received a place in the 2013 British Council ACCELERATE program, a leadership development, mentoring and industry placement program in the UK.

Clotilde Bullen
Clotilde Bullen, former Curator of Indigenous Art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, is a Wardandi/Bibbulmun Indigenous woman whose family links tie her to Collie and Bunbury in Western Australia. Clotilde has curated 11 solo and 2 joint exhibitions, including ‘Raised by Wolves’ for the Perth International Arts Festival in 2007 and the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards in 2009 and 2013. Clotilde currently sits on the University of Western Australia’s Cultural Collections Committee, and has been a board member of Yirra Yaakin Theatre, committee member on the National Indigenous Advisory Reference Group, through the Australia Council and the Wesfarmers Indigenous Advisory Committee, amongst others.


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