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Talent unearthed

Friday, 26th March, 2010

* Art prize judge Darriea Turley with the prizewinning painting * Art prize judge Darriea Turley with the prizewinning painting "The Last Crossing" by Gerard Bennett.

The winners of the Emerging Far West Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Prize were announced last night.

The announcement was made at the opening of the exhibition at the BH Regional Gallery by this year's judge, Councillor Darriea Turley.

Gerard Bennett won the painting prize, Philip Bottrell the carving, and Jamie Billing the works on paper category. The prize was established in 2008 to encourage the development of new and emerging Aboriginal artists in the Far West, particularly those who have not yet had a major solo exhibition in a public or commercial gallery.

A total of 23 entries were received this year in the three sections - Open, Works on Paper and 3D (carvings and sculpture). Art Gallery Manager, Bruce Tindale, said the art prize had unearthed a lot of talent.

"It's really great to see the talent and diversity of our local Aboriginal artists and the Gallery is very proud to be able to offer a way of supporting their development," Mr Tindale said.

The art prize was made possible with the assistance of Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation and Country Energy. The exhibition will be on display at the gallery in Argent Street until Sunday, April 11.

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