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Yirrkala filmmaker wins CDU Arts Award

Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks presents filmmaker Ishmael Marika with the CDU Arts Award at the NT Young Achiever Award ceremony Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks presents filmmaker Ishmael Marika with the CDU Arts Award at the NT Young Achiever Award ceremony

A talented digital art and film creator has won this year’s Charles Darwin University Arts Award at the NT Young Achiever Awards.

Northeast Arnhem Land Yolngu man, Ishmael Marika has produced three feature films and worked on numerous Yolngu cultural productions.

Working with The Mulka Project since 2010, Ishmael’s films have screened at the Garma Festival and the Darwin International Film Festival. He is an inspiring young director, filmmaker and digital artist and exhibited as one of Australia’s top young artists in the 2014 Primavera exhibition.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks presented Ishmael with a trophy at the ceremony and congratulated him on his numerous achievements.

“Ishmael is a highly talented and hard-working artistic individual,” Professor Maddocks said.

“His unwavering commitment to his art makes him an excellent role model for young aspiring artists and filmmakers in the NT and beyond.” 

Also winning an award at the ceremony was Alice Springs based CDU Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws student Tara Liddy. Tara won the Genesee and Wyoming Australia Indigenous Achievement Award.

CDU PhD candidate Rhiannon Moore, whose research involves investigating crocodile skin quality issues, won the Australian Super Career Kick Start Award.