Viscopy member Betty Kuntiwa Pumani wins the 2017 Wynne Prize

August 1, 2017

Betty Kuntiwa Pumani from Mimili Maku Arts in Alice Springs has won the prestigious $50,000 Wynne Prize for her painting ‘Antara’ (pictured).

The Wynne Prize is Australia’s oldest art prize and is judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. From 753 entries, 42 finalists were selected to this year’s prize, 17 of whom were Viscopy members (see the full list below).

The Archibald and Sulman Prizes also saw high representation from Viscopy members. Four of the 43 finalists selected for the Archibald and eight of the 19 finalists selected for the Sulman Prize were Viscopy members. The $40,000 Sulman was won by Joan Ross for ‘Oh history, you lied to me’.

The Archibald Prize went to Sydney artist Mitch Cairns for his painting of partner and artist Agatha Gothe-Snape. Jun Chen’s portrait of art dealer and critic Ray Hughes was also highly commended in this year’s prize. The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes will be exhibited at the Art Gallery of New South Wales from 29 July to 22 October.

Daughter of Eddie Mabo, artist Gail Mabo, wins Copyright Agency Innovation Award at Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

The multi-disciplinary artist whose award included $10,000, reportedly showed great emotion accepting her prize for the creation of a work described as ‘at the most cutting edge of artistic achievement’.

Viscopy board member Leesa Watego, who presented the award, said “Our organisation represents the copyright interests of thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island creators. We support the development of projects which benefit progressive and creative Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and promote the creators, their works and achievements. We are proud to support this year’s Innovation Award and see it go to such an exemplary artist.”

Other Cairns Indigenous Art Fair award recipients were:

  • Garry Namponan from Wik and Kugu Art Centre, winner of the Premier’s Award for Excellence
  • Alison Murray from Girringun Art Centre, winner of the Emerging Artist Award
  • Wik and Kugu Art Centre awarded Cairns Regional Council’s Art Centre Award

Good Country wins Tasmanian art award

South Australian Indigenous artist and Viscopy member, Peter Mungkuri, won the inaugural $100,000 Tasmanian Hadley’s Art Prize for his work titled, ‘Ngura Wiru (Good Country)’, which is a depiction of the artist’s birth place, Fregon in Central Australia. The exhibition is open until 25 August at Hadley’s Orient Hotel in Hobart.

Viscopy members were represented in the following art prizes:

Archibald finalists

Kim Leutwyler

Robert Hannaford

Tjungkara Ken – Tjala Arts

Vincent Namatjira – Iwantja Arts

Wynne finalists

Barbara Mbitjana Moore – Tjala arts

Beryl Jimmy – Tjungu Palya

Betty Kuntiwa Pumani – Mimili Maku Arts

Guan Wei

Mona Mitakiki, Naomi Kantjuriny – Tjala Arts

Mumu Mike Williams, Willy Muntjanti Martin, Sammy Dodd – Mimili Maku Arts

Neil Evans

Ngupulya Pumani – Mimili Maku Arts

Noel McKenna

Philip Wolfhagen

Ray Ken – Tjala Arts

Regina Pilawuk Wilson

Rowan Robertson

Salvatore Zofrea

Teresa Baker – Tjungu Palya Aboriginal Corporation

Wawiriya Burton – Tjala Arts

Yaritji Young

Sir John Sulman finalists

Abdul Abdullah

Angela Tiatia

David Frank – Iwantja Arts

Karen Black

Kim Leutwyler

Michelle Cawthorn

Nicola Smith




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