Shoreham’s Whistlewood Gallery directors Susan McCulloch and Emily McCulloch Childs have just returned from their annual trips to the Aboriginal art awards and art fairs in Darwin and Alice Springs to select works for their Spring Salon + Art Parade on Sept 19-20.
This year they were thrilled to find that they represent more than 20 of the 65 artists who were finalists in the 32nd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards in Darwin.
“The NATSIAAs are Australia’s longest running and most prestigious Aboriginal art awards,” says Susan.
“More than 280 works were entered, and it was quite something to find out that this year we represent around 1/3 of those chosen as finalists.
“Two – Robert Fielding and Betty Pumani both from the APY’s Mimili Maku art centre – won awards.
“Betty won the general painting award and Robert won the works on paper award.
“We’ve been long time supporters of Robert’s work in particular,” Susan continues.
“He’s not only a wonderful artist but a strong cultural leader as well as talented curator and assistant art centre manager.
“We’ve also selected the work of another very talented artist from Mimili, Tuppy Ngintja Goodwin, to feature on the invitation for the upcoming show.”
As well as a range of works of these, and other finalist artists from the South Australia’s APY art centres, such as Anyupa, Keith & Tjampawa Stevens from Tjungu Palya, the McCullochs are presenting more than 100 works from the Central, Western and Eastern Deserts, Arnhem Land, the Pilbara and the Kimberley along with new watercolours by the Namatjira school of Hermannsburg in one of their unique and informative Art Parades that launches the show.
The Spring Salon runs September 19 to 20 from 11am to 4.30pm.
The Art Parade is on the 19th from 2.30pm. This is a free event but bookings are essential.
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