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EX!T ART AWARD WINNERS

Updated: Mar 20, 2019


Congratulations to all of students exhibiting in this year's EX!T ART. This year's exhibition features the work of 51 selected 2018 Year 12 students from 14 schools across the Northern Territory, situated in urban centres and remote communities.

EX!T ART celebrates the local talent and creativity of the Territory’s next generation of artists. Each year there are a number of awards and commendations for students whose outstanding work really spoke to the selectors.

MINISTER'S CHOICE AWARD

Awarded to Jack Strohfeldt from Palmerston College for their mixed media sculpture, Evolution.

"After gathering inspiration from different artists, I began to form and develop my theme of the evolution of coming out, through three stages. The first stage was lonely and depressed. The second stage was slowly realising that I am who I am. The third stage was becoming my full self."



DARWIN VISUAL ARTS ASSOCIATION AWARD

Awarded to Christopher O'Brien from Casuarina Senior College for their porcellanite stone sculpture Borne of the earth, shaped by the sea.

"I wanted to recreate the sense of graceful wilderness in the form of an artwork. The concept and motivation reflects a message of embrace and each bird represents the peaceful and calming properties that raising and caring for injured animals can bring. realised subtle similarities between humans and birds. This connection became a key point, influencing the depth and use of tones and textures, which gave the birds a near life-like appearance."


JACKSONS DRAWING SUPPLIES INNOVATION AWARD

Awarded to Polly Roberts from Darwin High School for their paper clay with acrylic sculpture, The Cockatoo Man.

"My artwork aims to capture the essence of everyday Darwin life. The sculpture depicts the 'Cockatoo Man', who is a Darwin icon, well known by locals for riding around Nightcliff foreshore and spreading joy. This piece was influenced by the close community of Darwin and its unique locals."


TACTILE ARTS AWARD

Awarded to Joelle Kantila from St John's College for their clay and mussels shells piece, Pukimani's amitiya jukuwarringuwi​.

"This sculpture is about the traditional Tiwi Island culture. The Pukumani poles are a traditional cultural piece that we use for our Tiwi ceremony. The original Pukumani poles are made out of ironwood. My Pukumani poles are made out of clay. The mussel shells are a sea food that Tiwi people gather in the mangrove and eat."


ART EDUCATORS OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY AWARD

Awarded to Amelia LaPira from Darwin High School for their dance film, Fall In Line.

"I created a dance film based on my ongoing interest in women’s rights, women’s self-worth combined with the current YES Movement and the Girl Effect inspired my initial concept to create a work that gave voice to some of the questions these topics raised within me. My aspiration was to create a work inspired by my research and explorations that incorporated the methods of the above practitioners so that it would be textured by a combination of theatrical elements to unleash the potential of women. Through the language of the body I wanted to incorporate emotion and conflict in hopes to find a humanness that would allow for girls and women to have a voice – ‘The greatest gift we can give one another is the power to make a choice.’ Deborah Hay. "


ART EDUCATORS OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY AWARD

Awarded to Alex Phan from Casuarina Senior College l for their charcoal on wood self portrait, Façade.

"The idea of ‘Façade’ is that the portrait is a façade in itself. Ever since I was a wee child, I’ve never decided on a role model to idolise, so I’ve always been confused about who I wanted to be until recently. To strangers, I appear as a shy, conservative and timid person, who is diligent. To my close friends, I am a loud, comedic, and an outgoing person. To me, I am lazy, socially-awkward, and extremely self-conscious. "



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