Makinti Napanangka has won the 2008 Telstra Art Award – Australia’s leading Indigenous art prize.
Naoanangka’s untitled painting depicting a rockhole near her remote western desert community of Kintore, in Central Australia, was deemed the best work of 117 pieces made up of 12 bark paintings, 15 works on paper, 29 three-dimensional works and 61 paintings.
The award, run by the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, has a $40,000 top prize and is judged by Indigenous women Judy Watson and Hetti Perkins, senior curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of NSW.
Doreen Reid Nakamarra’s work on a rockhole site won the General Painting Award, and Terry Ngamandara Wilson’s work Gulach – Spike Rush took out the Telstra Bark Painting Award.
Works on Paper was awarded to the winner of last year’s overall prize Dennis Nona from Badu Island.
Yolgnu artist Nyapanyapa Yunupingu took out the Three-Dimensional Memorial Award for her work based on a 1970s incident involving a buffalo