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NT Young Achiever Award finalists announced

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Three talented artists have been selected as finalists in the Charles Darwin University Arts Award category of the NT Young Achiever Award 2015.

The annual awards recognise Territorians aged between 14 and 27 who have made positive contributions to the community through their achievements.

Among the finalists is 23-year-old Yolngu man from Northeast Arnhem Land, Ishmael Marika, whose passion lies in filmmaking and digital art.

Ishmael is a film director and, working with The Mulka Project since 2010, has produced three feature films and worked on numerous Yolngu cultural productions. His films have screened at the Garma Festival and the Darwin International Film Festival.

A screen printer from the Merrepen Arts Centre in Daly River has also become a CDU Arts Award finalist. Twenty-year-old Kieren Karritpul McTaggart creates colourful fabrics and woven fish traps, mats and baskets from the Merrepen palm. He has received international recognition as a talented emerging artist and won the Young Artist Award in the 2014 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards.

The third finalist is 27-year-old Kristy Rickert from Nakara, whose passion for dance has led her to study and work interstate and overseas. Kristy created her own performing arts business in 2010. Rix Kix Arts offers quality dance education for dancers aged three and up, and also operates as a talent agency.

Winners of the Young Achiever Award 2015 will be announced at the awards presentation on Saturday, 11 April.