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South Australian artists Anwar Young, Frank Young and Unrupa Rhonda Dick have won the overall prize at the 2017 Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA), Australia’s most prestigious Indigenous art prize.
Their multimedia collaborative work, Kulata Tjuta - Wati kulunypa tjukurpa (Many spears - Young fella story), was selected as the overall winner of the 34th Telstra NATSIAA from 300 entries and 65 finalists.
The winning artwork tells of the ‘Anangu (Central Australian Aborigines)’. Speaking about this work the artists note, “We see many young men from remote communities becoming stuck in a cycle of reoffending and being locked up in juvenile detention centres, like Magill and Don Dale. We are concerned the whitefella way of locking people up isn’t working.”
Frank Young believes that these young men should be brought back to the country to work with senior men to help look after families and communities. Anwar Young and Unrupa Rhonda Dick, with other young men from Amata have been working with their grandfathers on the Kulata Tjuta project, learning to make kulata (spears) in the traditional way.
This year's winning works were selected by an experienced judging panel consisting of curator Emily McDaniel, Director of Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Chris Saines and artist Regina Wilson.
34TH TELSTRA NATSIAA WINNERS
Anwar Young, Unrupa Rhonda Dick and Frank Young, Kulata Tjuta - Wati kulunypa tjukurpa (Many spears - Young fella story), 37 spears, digital print, wood, kangaroo tendon, kiti (natural glue), 34th Telstra NATSIAA
Matjangka (Nyukana) Norris, Pitjantjatara, Ngura Pilti, synthetic polymer paint on linen, 34th Telstra NATSIAA
Nyapanyapa Yunupiŋu, Lines, earth pigments on Stringybark, 34th Telstra NATSIAA
Robert Fielding, Milkali Kutju – One blood, synthetic polymer paint and ink on burnt and pierced paper, 34th Telstra NATSIAA
Shirley Macnamara, Nyurruga Muulawaddi, aged spinifex, 34th Telstra NATSIAA
Betty Muffler, Ngangkari Ngura (Healing Country), synthetic polymer paint on linen, 34th Telstra NATSIAA
Telstra have been the principal sponsor for 26 years. NATSIAA is also supported by the Northern Territory Government and the Australia Council for the Arts, as part of its Visual Arts and Crafts Strategy.