Gay artist wins Australia Council Indigenous Art Award
Amongst the winners announced at today’s Australia Council National Indigenous Arts Awards, was gay multimedia artist Tyrone Sheather.
Sheather picked up the Dreaming Award which provides $20,000 to a young artist aged between 18-26 to create a major body of work.
Australia Council Chair Rupert Myer said the annual awards give the highest acknowledgement to the outstanding achievements of Australia’s Indigenous artists.
“The awards draw attention to the significant contribution Indigenous artists make to the artistic vibrancy and cultural life of Australia,” Myer said. “They encourage us to experience, participate in and cherish the dynamic work that is created.”
Artist Hector Tjupuru Burton from South Australia picked up the Red Ochre Award and Viictorian artists Bart Wilhouby and Dave Arden scored Fellowship grants.
Speaking of the final award winner, Tyrone Sheather, Australia Council Board Director Lee-Ann Buckskin said “Tyrone is a young Gumbaynggirr artist from northern NSW who works across several artforms, including photography, film, projection art, paint, textiles and dance.
“Tyrone’s project will be GIIDANYBA – glowing, interactive humanoid sculptures, emitting sound and two-meters tall, which symbolise the knowledge keepers of the old world. Tyrone will be mentored by other artists as well as Aboriginal elders.”
Photo supplied, Image by Caroline McCredie.