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Three on shortlist for CDU Arts Award

By Leanne Coleman

Three inspirational artists will vie for the Charles Darwin University Arts Award category in the NT Young Achiever's Award 2010.

The annual Young Achiever Awards encourages the positive achievements of young Territorians, while the Arts Award celebrates the creative practices of young people.

Netanela Mizrahi, one of this year’s three finalists in the Arts Award, began studying the violin at age six in Melbourne.

When Netanela moved to Darwin in 2005 she was officially recognised by the Darwin Symphony Orchestra (DSO) for her professionalism and skills as a classical violinist.

Netanela received the Administrator’s DSO Conductor Award at the 2009 annual DSO Government House Awards ceremony and played the violin at the world premiere of Michael Stimpson’s work about Charles Darwin’s life.

Fellow finalist Dion Beasley suffers from muscular dystrophy and is profoundly hearing impaired, which has only fuelled his passion and love of drawing. Dion lives in Tennant Creek, a vast landscape that captured his imagination and provides inspiration for his drawings. Dion has evolved his art from paper to t-shirts, leading him to the birth of his clothing label Cheeky Dog. He has also exhibited his work in galleries throughout Australia.

The final finalist, Judith McFarlane, of Darwin, started out as a dedicated music student in high school starring in solo performances, choir groups and lead parts in musicals.

Apart from singing and performing, Judith is interested in social change and human rights. She is involved with the Indigenous men’s anti-violence campaign “No More” at CatholicCare NT and is working towards a career in community psychology.

The winner of the Charles Darwin University Arts Award will receive a $2000 cheque from TIO and trophy.

The overall Channel 9 Young Achiever of the Year will be announced from one of nine category winners during National Youth Week at a presentation dinner on 10 April 2010 at the Holiday Inn Esplanade, Darwin.

Netanela Mizrahi (right) Dion Beasley Judith McFarlane
Netanela Mizrahi (right) Dion Beasley Judith McFarlane