Best of Kimberley art on show
More than 100 works of art were unveiled in the Kimberley Art Prize annual exhibition earlier this month.
The awards night, hosted by the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley, was officially opened by Broome businessman Chris Maher in front of a 300-strong crowd in Derby on July 8. It marked the 47th year of the event.
Derby’s Shirley Cornelius was crowned the overall winner by judges Dr Benjamin Joel and Denise Tait for her mixed media entry Honey Combe Caves, winning $10,000.
Mark Norval won the people’s choice award for his work, Contemplation.
Halls Creek’s Maureen Deegan won the indigenous artist award for her work, Kimberley Wildflowers with Derby’s William Upchurch collecting the oils and acrylics gong for Unstrapped. Both artists won $1000. The watercolours and pastels prize went to Kununurra’s Gemma O’Keefe for her piece, Friday Arvo’s Autocumulus, while the drawing prize was won by Derby’s Matt Dowell for his work Endless Marsh.
Destination Unknown, a piece by Broome’s Marilyn Tabatznik, took the mixed media award while the under-17 Youth Award was given to Derby’s Tanisha Wungundin Allies for Wandjinas, Dumbi Owls and Pythons.
Brent Mouda of Pandanus Park Community received the boab nut carving award for his creation, Creatures from the Deep Blue Sea while the open nonkimberley award was won by Wembley’s Nada Murphy for her work Who’s Walked Here Before?
Jack Noonan, Nicki Stinson, Ciaran Frost, Rosie Tarcu, Jahmarley Councillor, Katie Breckon, Jacky Cheng, Jody Loaring and Laeh Umbugai were all highly commended for their work.
Kimberley Art Prize 2017 winner Shirley Cornelius, pictured with her award certificate, and judges Denise Tait and Dr Benjamin Joel and Shire of Derby/West Kimberley chief executive Stephen Gash, in front of Shirley’s winning piece, The Honey Combe Caves.
The people’s choice award winner, Contemplation, created by Mark Norval.
Oils and acrylics category winner Unstrapped, created by William Upchurch.
Winner of the under-17 youth award, Wandjinas, Dunbi Owls and Pythons, by Tanisha Wungundin Allies.