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Telstra Art Awards 2009 If you get the chance to visit MAGNT and see Daniel Walbidi, Lydia Balbal, Aubrey Tigan and Donald Moko's work on display in this years Telstra's. It was a strong selection and a show worth viewing. Congratulations to all the winners of this year's Telstra Awards. Canberra based artist Danie Mellor has been awarded Australia’s prestigious Indigenous art prize – the national Telstra Art Award, at the 26th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award for his work titled From Rite to Ritual. The $4,000 Telstra General Painting Award was awarded to Yinarupa Nangala from Kiwirrkurra in Western Australia for her untitled work. Yinarupa’s painting depicts designs associated with the rockhole site of Mukala, east of Jupiter Well in Western Australia. The $4,000 Telstra Bark Painting Award was awarded to Rerrkirrwanga Munungurr from Wandawuy (East Arnhem Land) Northern Territory for her work Gumatj Gurtha. Rerrkirrwanga’s painting depicts her husband’s Gumatj clan designs of sacred fire. Rerrkirrwanga is the daughter of late Djapu clan elder Djutjadjuta Mununggurr, winner of the Telstra Bark Painting Award in the 14th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, 1997. The $4,000 Telstra Works on Paper was awarded to Glen Namundja from Gubalanya (Western Arnhem Land) Northern Territory for his work Likkanaya and Marrayka. The artwork is a representation of the Yawkyawk Dreamtime story about two sisters travelling through the country where Ngalyod, the Rainbow Serpent swallowed them whole. The $4,000 Wandjuk Marika Three-Dimensional Memorial Award, sponsored by Telstra, was awarded to Janine McAullay Bott from Perth for her work Dhalkatj – Bilby. Janine is a self-taught weaver whose work reflects her Noongar heritage as well as the animals and country of her ancestors.
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