Naata Nungurrayi: Muni (Rita) Simpson, Spinifex Artists Group, Patrick Tjungurrayi
The Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards are a new national awards celebrating the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Launched in 2008, the awards aspire to showcase a representative group of works by each of the Indigenous contemporary artists selected as finalists for the awards. The model for the awards is unique in Australia, each of the selected artists being asked to work closely with the curatorial staff of the Art Gallery of WA in selecting a group of works produced over the preceding two years. The awards acknowledge achievement in three categories: the Western Australian Indigenous Art Award of $50,000, the Western Australian Artist Award of $10,000 and a People's Choice Award of $5,000. More information can be found here.