Indigenous Artwork Raffle Fundraiser for Arts Law and Artists in the Black
Arts Law held a raffle to raise funds for Arts Law, in particular for our Artists in the Black program which supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creators.
Entering the raffle put you in the running to win one of three beautiful, ethically sourced artworks. The winners were announced on 11 May 2017. Our first place artwork is valued at $4500, our second place artwork is valued at $2200 and third place is valued at $800.
Thank you to everyone who entered the raffle to raise funds for our Artists in the Black program. Your support allows us to continue to advocate for and provide legal assistance to artists around the country, especially in regional and remote parts of Australia. You can read more about the ways Arts Law helps artists here.
First Prize won by Andrew Kostopoulos (ticket no. 400)
Warmurrungu by Nyarapayi Giles
101.5cm x 91.5cm: acrylic on canvas
Nyarapayi Giles is one of the respected elders of the Tjukurla Community. Nyarapayi was bom in the Gibson desert at an important cultural site called ‘Karku’. As a yound woman, Nyarapa travelled throughout the Westem Desert region with her mother and step-father, hunting, gathering bushtucker and camping in the traditional way of the Ngaanyatjarra people. Nyarapayi’s knowledge of the Inma (ceremonies) and Tjukurpa (dreaming stories) associated with the country here is extensive. Nyarapayi settled in Tjukurla when the community was first established in the ‘1980s. She works with ‘purnu’ (wood carving) and still enjoys hunting in the bush. She learned to make baskets woven from spinifex in the 80s and has a large basket on permanent exhibition at the Queensland Art Gallery.
Nyarapayi Giles’ works explores her country and associated tjukurrpa in an exquisite and unique expression of colour and movement. Nyarapayi has gained recognition as a key artist in the contemporary indigenous arts world. Her works are collected by collectors and institutions around Australia and internationally.
Second Prize won by Harry Blake (ticket no. 4)
Ethel's Country by Netta Loogatha
137cm x 61 cm: synthetic polymer on linen
‘This painting is about my sister’s Country at Bentinck Island. It’s north of Bentinck and it’s called Oak Tree Point. There is a river that runs through it.’ - Netta Loogatha
Netta Loogatha first exhibited her paintings in 2005, as one the renowned seven ‘sisters’ from Bentinck Island, including Sally Gabori, who burst onto the art scene with their vibrant and unique depictions of their country in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland.
Third Prize won by Frank Stillitano (ticket no. 41)
Shifting Sands by Penny Evans
38cm x 31cm x 9cm: ceramics
I am a visual artist of Gamilaraay descent (North West NSW). My practice includes ceramics, film, mixed works on paper and artist’s books. I am process driven and my practice is a healing through decolonisation. Design work on my ceramics reference my Gamilaraay cultural heritage combined with my own graphic style.