VINCENT LINGIARI ART AWARD
Desart, with the Central Land Council and Tangentyere Arts are pleased to announce the two winners of the 2019 Vincent Lingiari Art Award – Our Country True Story. Overall winner, Eunice Napanangka Jack of Ikunjti Fine Arts for her work ‘Kuruyultu'(featured) 2019 acrylic on belgian linen 101.5 x 122 cm and winner of the CLC delegate’s choice award Iwantja Arts David Frank for his work ‘Itjinpiri’ 1981, acrylic on linen, 41 x 61cm
In 2016, the inaugural Vincent Lingiari Art Award commemorated the 50th anniversary of the historic Wave Hill Walk Off and 40 years since the Aboriginal Land Rights Act (NT) 1976 was enacted by the Australian Parliament. Rights to land is fundamental to the social, religious, economic and political identity of Aboriginal peoples’ in the NT, for over 40 years the Central Land Council on behalf of traditional Aboriginal land owners has secured significant areas of land for the benefit of Aboriginal people and this exhibition aims to celebrate these significant achievements.
The 2019, Vincent Lingiari Art Award, ‘Our Country – True Story’ reflects the sentiments of the 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart, calling for a First Nations Voice to be enshrined in the Constitution and a Makarrata (agreement-making & truth-telling) Commission.