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AGWA media
1 October 2015
Winner of the 2015 WAIAA People's Choice Award is Sandra Hill
WAIAA exhibition on display at AGWA until 12 October | FREE

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.

Sandra Hill is a Wardandi/Minang/Ballardong/Wilmen woman. Hill has exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally, her talent extends across various media including collage, printing, sculpture, installation and public art. 

"For decades Hill's artistic and curatorial practice has been pivotal in the contemporary art movement of Noongar people: she has been creating a 'visual essay' of experiences and recording histories of her people's strength and culture,” said Kimberley Moulton, Project Officer/Curator for Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum and one of this year's judges.

Carly Lane, AGWA Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, congratulated Hill on the Award, “Congratulations to Sandra Hill on her win of the People’s Choice Award. For years, Sandra worked hard at building and refining her practice, which is now paying dividends. Her work and life stories embody both trauma and resilience. These conditions, along with her courage and artful articulation of hidden histories, makes her work understandably popular.”

Lane also said that “Sandra Hill’s win caps off a triple win for women artists in Australia.” Hill joins the overall prize winner Megan Cope and Eunice Yunurupa Porter – the Western Australian Artist Award recipient, on the art podium of this year’s Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards.

Sandra Hill’s thought-provoking works, along with those of the 13 other finalists in this year’s Awards will be on display at the Gallery until Monday 12 October.

Awards Background
The Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards, one of the richest Indigenous arts prizes in the country, is a national award which celebrates the breadth, 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.

Since its inception, nearly 1000 nominations have been received from arts organisations and professionals from across Australia. The Awards comprise a group exhibition of outstanding art and three non-acquisitive awards:
• The $50,000 Western Australian Indigenous Art Award 2015 Recipient: Megan Cope.
• The $10,000 Western Australian Artist Award 2015 Recipient: Eunice Yunurupa Porter.
• The $5,000 People's Choice Award 2015 Recipient: Sandra Hill.

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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. Sandra Hill Double Standards too: white picket fence 2015. Jarrah, pine, synthetic polymer paint, wire, paper, ink and resin, synthetic polymer resin and textile, 183.0 x 108.5 x 108.5 cm. Courtesy the artist and Mossenson Galleries. © the artist, courtesy Mossenson Galleries. Sandra Hill Best laid plans of mice and men 2014. Watercolour on paper, rice paper, oil, papier-mache, encaustic wax, gold leaf, shellac and wood, seven parts: 80.0 x 116.0 cm (overall). Courtesy the artist and Mossenson Galleries. © the artist, courtesy Mossenson Galleries.
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