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Budding artists vie for prestigious youth award

By Louise Errington

Finalists have been announced for the CDU Arts Award as part of the Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards Finalists have been announced for the CDU Arts Award as part of the Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards


Finalists for the prestigious Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards have just been announced, with three young talented artists recognised as future leaders in visual art and performance.

Darwin-based artists Emma Williams, Joshua Bonson and Tiffany Cornell have been named as the finalists in the Charles Darwin University Arts Award.

Emma Williams is a well-rounded performer, being both a singer and violinist. She has been recognised in international competitive auditions, accepted into master classes in Europe, and performed, toured and recorded at a professional level since she was 13 years old.

Joshua Bonson is an upcoming visual artist on both state and national platforms. He has been recognised as a finalist in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, has won the City of Albany Art Prize and has been recognised as the Top End NAIDOC Visual Artist of the year.

Tiffany Cornell has performed at numerous local and international events including Bass in the Grass, the Darwin Festival and Standon Calling (London). She interrogates various musical forms, from folk to classical to pop, and established the band, Tiffany and the Curls, in 2010, which headlined during the 2011 Darwin Festival. 

In 2013 the CDU Arts Award was presented to choreographer and artistic associate of the world-renown Chooky Dancers, Lionel Garawirrtja.

The awards acknowledge, encourage and promote the positive achievements of young Territorians.

Each category winner will receive $2000 prize money, and will qualify for the Channel Nine Young Achiever of the Year; the winner of which will receive another $2000 prize money.

Winners will be announced at a gala dinner presentation at SKYCITY Darwin on 5 April 2014.