2012 Gold Coast Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award
The opening night for the 2012 Gold Coast Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award was held on 17 October at the Gold Coast City Gallery in The Arts Centre Gold Coast.
A crowd of over 200 people enjoyed the showcase of 41 artworks depicting the theme 'Gaurema gulli-nu' ('Stories from here'). A partnership with Gold Coast City Gallery provided the opportunity for local Indigenous artists to display their artworks in a professional gallery. Entertainment on the night was provided by Lucas Proudfoot from Circular Rhythm, who captivated the audience with his one-man show featuring guitar, stomp box and didgeridoo.
The award ceremony was opened by Mayor Tom Tate who, alongside judge Judy Watson, presented each winner with a certificate and cheque. Mayoress Ruth Tate presented the Youth Award.
Acclaimed Indigenous artists, Judy Watson, Tony Albert and Archie Moore, were the judges for the 2012 Gold Coast Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award.
10 October to 25 November 2012
Gold Coast City Gallery, The Arts Centre Gold Coast
135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise
The 2012 Gold Coast Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award was supported by the Gold Coast City Gallery and through funding from the Australian Government’s Your Community Heritage program.
A total prize pool of $13,250.00 was awarded including a Judges’ Community Award of $2,500.
- First prize - Claudia Moodoonuthi for Gaurema gulli-nu Moodoonuthi Style
- Second prize - Paul Vi for Little Waruwi (Girl) Lost
- Youth Award - Claudia-Rose Engelbrecht-Walker for Banco "Stingray"
- Judges' Community Award - Southport State High School for Story Box
- Highly Commended - Nikki Chenoweth for Milbi - Songlines, and Dimmuur - The Forest Spirit and his Ten Beautiful Daughters
- Highly Commended - Lisa Sorbie Martin for Jellurgal
- Highly Commended - Narelle Urquhart for Ascension
- Highly Commended - Luther Cora for Gulli Jargun Mummeri (This Country Alive)
- Highly Commended - Madeline Hodge for Yugambeh Boy
- Encouragement Award - Kirralaa Karrimbi for Wedge Tail Eagle
- People's Choice Award - Anthony Walker for Turtle Increase Song Cycle
Catalogue of works
About the design
The image used in our promotional material is the product of local Indigenous designer Adam Browning.
With an overall theme of togetherness, the artwork depicts people sitting around a campfire passing on their knowledge. Their different cultural backgrounds are depicted by the colour of the dots.
"The orange and blue sections are icons of the Gold Coast beaches, while the roads and stylised power lines show growth and development," said Adam.
Artists entering the 2012 award were offered the opportunity for one-on-one consultations with Mandana Mapar, professional artist, curator and community cultural development worker, who provided advice on the application process and preparing for the award.
The next Gold Coast Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award will be held in 2014.
Guidelines and Entry Form
For further information, contact Council's Cultural Development Unit on (07) 5581 7508 or email email@example.com.