Issue 9
Monday, 06 June 2016
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Visual arts lecturer Suzi Lyon (centre) with Ujtu artists Helen Tjukintja and Joy Kunia
Visual arts lecturer Suzi Lyon (centre) with Ujtu artists Helen Tjukintja and Joy Kunia

Student works in national art award

By Patrick Nelson

Two Charles Darwin University art students in Alice Springs have had their works accepted in Australia’s most prestigious national Indigenous art award.

Margaret Poulson and Muntaji Brumby, from Utju (Areyonga), both painted a self-portrait this semester as part of their certificate course in visual arts. 

The works have been selected as finalists in the 33rd Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, which opens in Darwin on August 5.

Visual arts lecturer Suzi Lyon said this was recognition of the pair’s accomplishments as artists.

“We are so pleased for Margaret and Muntaji, both senior artists who have been making art for many years,” Ms Lyon said.

Both works were to have been included in the Portraits from Utju exhibition that opened in Alice Springs on May 30.

“But when we found out that those works had been accepted into the Telstra (award) we had to withdraw them from the Alice exhibition and rush them to Darwin.”

Ms Lyon said the Portraits from Utju exhibition contained both acrylic works on paper, and ceramics.

“This is their first exhibition in a commercial gallery.”

Ms Lyon said the Utju women worked together as an independent group of artists who run their own art centre without a paid co-ordinator or any external funding.

“CDU has been delivering training to the Areyonga artists, in their community and at the Alice Springs campus, for about six years.”

Portraits of Ujtu is on display in the Residency in Alice Springs until Monday June 13.