Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Winner's Land of Her Family; Grafton Regional GalleryJude McBean

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Winner's Land of Her Family; Grafton Regional GalleryJude McBean

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Yaegl Land by Frances Belle Parker won the major prive in the 2011 Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Award.

THE 2011 Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Award was won by Frances Belle Parker. The Yaegl artist took out the major award of $5000 with her mixed media work, Yaegl Land 2011.

Using an aerial perspective, Parker defined in red ochre the area around Maclean where she and her family live, followed by a white painted line outlining the mouth of the Clarence River. Layered over the mapping embroidered in blue are the words a[approximately]Always was, always will be'. The division of the ground into three is a reference to the artist being one of three sisters, a structure found in many of her works.

The $1000 Highly Commended prize was awarded to Alison Williams for her painting, Wild Yam. Using layers of paint the artist expressed the unpredictable path of growth and development.

The 2011 CVIAA judge, Bruce McLean, commended all 41 entries to the award and noted the vibrant and active Aboriginal community of the Clarence Valley. Mr McLean is a Wiri man of the Birri Gubba Nation of Central Queensland and is the curator of Australian Indigenous art at the Queensland Art Gallery.

It was the third time the CVIAA had been held. The award aims to support the indigenous artists of the Yaegl, Bundjalung and Gumbaingirr nations and contribute to the collection of contemporary indigenous art held in the gallery's collection.

Special date

A SPECIAL date is looming large on the horizon a 11.11.11 a on Friday, and you can be part of an online art project celebrating this unique date. To mark the date, which will happen only once this century, the Grafton Regional Gallery is running an online art project that's going out across the globe.

It's easy to be part of the world wide online art phenomenon that is 11.11.11. Go to the Grafton Regional Gallery website at www.graftongallery.com.au and follow the links to the special 11. …

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