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Female Artist wins National NAIDOC Art Award

9/6/2002

An Indigenous painting on pages torn from the landmark Bringing Them Home report has won the NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee) 2002 Art Award.

Sydney female artist Juundaal Strang-Yettica was selected winner from a record 108 entrants.

The competition, which is sponsored by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, carries a prize of $5,000.

The winning entry is entitled: In Going Home We Are Connected, Even In A Whirly Wind.

It depicts Indigenous children’s faces painted on leaves which have been blown away from their mother-tree.

Ms Strang-Yettica, 34, describes herself as a community artist who studied art at Wollongong University and the Sydney College of the Arts.

She has been a member of a women’s artists group for more than 10 years.

The painting was inspired by the NAIDOC 2002 theme of Recognition, Rights and Reform - a social justice strategy framed by ATSIC during 1995 as part of the then Federal Government’s proposed response to the Mabo decision.

Ms Strang-Yettica said Indigenous rights were represented in the painting by the leaves showing Aboriginal children individually and collectively.

The pages from the Bringing Them Home report used as the “canvas” for the art work, represented recognition of Indigenous peoples. Reform was represented by words from the report still visible in the painting.

Ms Strang-Yettica is a child welfare worker who has been involved with members of the Stolen Generations for many years.

She identifies as a member of the Bundjalung people on the New South Wales-Queensland border although recent family research has indicated she may come from another Queensland tribe.

Her painting will be printed on posters distributed nationally to promote national NAIDOC 2002’s week-long celebrations being hosted in Sydney between 7 July and 14 July.

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She will be presented with her prize, at a NAIDOC flag-raising ceremony at Sydney Town Hall on 8 July, 2002.

Further information: Paul Molloy (02) 6121 4961 / 0419 690 926 ATSIC National Media and Marketing Office

 

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