Issue 8 - 3 September 2012 enews home

Staff and students scoop prestigious prizes

By Patrick Nelson

Timothy Cook's painting Kulama, winner of the 2012 Telstra ATSI award

Two Charles Darwin University art students from the Top End and a lecturer in Central Australia have demonstrated outstanding artistic acumen with wins in high profile art competitions recently.

Timothy Cook, a visual arts student from Milikapiti won the $40,000 Telstra National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Award for his painting Kulama, a 1.5m x 2.2m ochre-on-linen work, which contains spiritual and ceremonial themes.

Mrs Chalermsri (Sri) Vout of Darwin won the $7000 first prize for her work Yib Kohler, in the Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Acquisition Award. A self-taught water colourist, Mrs Vout recently completed a short course in oil painting at Charles Darwin University, her first formal training in art.

And Dr Al Strangeways, a lecturer in education at Alice Springs campus, continued her winning form in the Senior Territorian Art Award, by scooping the People's Choice Award for her work, Jim.

It is the third time Dr Strangeways has won the people's vote in the prestigious portrait competition, adding to the two Acquisition Awards she won in 2007 and 2010.