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16 January 2015
Finalists announced for the 2015 Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards​

The Art Gallery of WA has announced the fourteen finalists who will be represented in the exhibition of the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2015. This year's selection panel included Amy Barrett-Lennard, Director of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Kimberley Moulton, Project Officer for Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum and Clotilde Bullen, Curator of Indigenous Art at AGWA.

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.

Clotilde Bullen, Curator of Indigenous Art at AGWA, said that, “In the sixth iteration of the Western Australia Indigenous Art Awards, the rich and astonishing diversity of Indigenous creative practice across the country is revealed. The Awards feature an exceptional selection of works of art that reflect the lived experiences of the artists and challenge the notions around what it means to be an Indigenous person in contemporary Australia. These works express and celebrate culture in distinctive and provocative ways.

"The opportunity to travel to the furthest reaches of Australia, to remote communities and regional and urban centres to meet and collaborate with Indigenous artists working in such a wide variety of ways is a rare privilege afforded to a curator.”

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.

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.

The Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2015 are on display at the Art Gallery of Western Australia from 4 July through to 12 October 2015.

Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2015

The fourteen artists selected to exhibit are:




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 commenced as the Curator of Indigenous Art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia in early 2005, after previously managing a commercial gallery. She 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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Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2013, Installation view, L-R: Yhonnie Scarce Florey and Fanny 2011. Blown-glass and cotton, variable. Artwork courtesy of the City of Yarra Art and Heritage Collection. © the artist, courtesy of dianne tanzer gallery + projects. Brian Robinson …and meanwhile back on earth the blooms continue to flourish 2013. Wood, plastic, steel, synthetic polymer paint, feathers, plant fibre and shell, 200 x 350 x 50 cm. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Purchased through The Leah Jane Cohen Bequest, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2014. © Brian Robinson, 2013. Brian Robinson Up in the heavens the gods contemplate their next move [secret charms are given to man] 2012. Wood, plastic, steel, synthetic polymer paint, feathers, plant fibre and shell, 350 x 400 x 50 cm. Artwork courtesy of the artist and Mossenson Galleries. © the artist, courtesy of Mossenson Galleries.
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