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Kunmarnanya Mitchell, Wakalpuka, 2012, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 101.6 x 121.9 cm. The Corrigan Collection, Sydney. © Courtesy the artist and Warakurna Artists.
Mabel Juli, Garnkeny Ngarranggarni, 2010, natural pigments and synthetic binder on canvas, 100 x 140 cm. Collection of the Daffodil and Daisy Superannuation Fund, Perth. © Courtesy the artist and Warmun Art Centre
Regina Wilson, Sun mat, 2013, pandanus, sand palm and natural dyes, 105 x 105 (irreg.). © Courtesy the artist and Durrmu Arts, Peppimenarti, Northern Territory.
The Kate Challis RAKA Award is an annual award for Indigenous creative artists established by the late Professor Emeritus Bernard Smith. Administered by the University of Melbourne’s Australian Centre, the award of approximately $25,000 is offered in a five-year cycle with practitioners in a different area of the arts being rewarded each year.
For over twenty-five years the award has been instrumental in assisting the development of Indigenous writers, performers, film-makers, poets and visual artists, and in 2013 the award category is the visual arts. Previous visual arts winners include Gali Gurruwiwi (2009), Ricky Maynard (2003), Brook Andrew (1998) and Lin Onus (1993).
Under the sun includes artworks in various media by emerging and established artists who have been selected for this prestigious invitational award. The exhibition will include recent works by Teresa Baker (SA), Daniel Boyd (Qld/NSW), Hector Burton (WA), Timothy Cook (Tiwi/NT), Mabel Juli (WA), the late Kunmarnanya Mitchell (WA), Alick Tipoti (TSI/Qld), Garawan Wanambi (NT) and Regina Wilson (NT).
The Kate Challis RAKA Award 2013 has been awarded to the work Garnkeny Ngarranggarni (2010) by Mabel Juli.
Now open, The world is not a foreign land brings together work by Timothy Cook, Djambawa Marawili, Ngarra, Rusty Peters, Freda Warlapinni and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu. Crossing three geographically and culturally distinct regions—the Tiwi Islands, the Kimberley, and North-eastern Arnhem Land—each artist presents sometimes strikingly different perspectives on what constitutes Indigenous contemporary art.