Indigenous artists vie for state awards

Group Pitcha Makin Fellaz has been shortlisted for the Victorian Indigenous Art Awards. From left are Peter-Shane Rotumah, Myles Walsh, Adrian Rigney, William Billy Blackall and Ted Laxton (absent Joe Lee and Thomas Marks).

Group Pitcha Makin Fellaz has been shortlisted for the Victorian Indigenous Art Awards. From left are Peter-Shane Rotumah, Myles Walsh, Adrian Rigney, William Billy Blackall and Ted Laxton (absent Joe Lee and Thomas Marks).

THE winners of this year's Victorian Indigenous Art Awards will be announced on Saturday.

Celebrating the quality and diversity of art practice among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and the richness of Victoria's indigenous arts and culture, winners of this year's award will share in more than $50,000 of prize money, including the $30,000 Deadly Art Award.

This year's judges are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art of National Gallery of Australia curator Tina Baum, Koorie Heritage Trust chief executive officer Tom Mosby and Honours and Research Degrees co-ordinator at Federation University Australia Carole Wilson.

Thirty-five artists, including the Pitcha Makin Fellaz, were shortlisted for this year's competition.

Ms Wilson said judges would be looking for a high degree of originality and innovation and that extra something that made the work stand out from the rest.

"Work must display technical mastery, originality and uniqueness but have an extra intangible ingredient that grabs the viewer," she said.

The exhibition of works by entrants will be held at the Art Gallery of Ballarat until October 5.

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