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WINNERS OF 2015 WA INDIGENOUS ART AWARDS

Eunice Yunurupa Porte | 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
Eunice Yunurupa Porte | 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

The 2015 Western Australian Indigenous Art Award of $50,000 was this week awarded to Melbourne artist and Noonucca/Ngugi woman Megan Cope by judges Amy Barrett-Lennard (Director of PICA), Kimberly Moulton (Curator/Project Officer at Birrarung Gallery) and Clotilde Bullen (former curator of Indigenous Art at Art Gallery of WA).

The panel of judges stated “Megan Cope’s multi-layered video work The Blaktism speaks to a contemporary reality for Indigenous Australians. In it, she offers a theatrical and humorous insight into the complexities of Indigenous identity”.

The Western Australian Artist Award of $10,000 was awarded to Eunice Yunurupa Porter of Wirrkural, who is a senior Ngaanyatjarra woman. The People’s Choice award of $5,000 (the artist with the highest number of votes from the public) will be announced on Thursday, October 1.

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