This week Vernon returned from Darwin for the final round of  judging one of the country’s most prestigious art awards, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award in Darwin. Joined by Kimberly Moulton, Don Whyte, at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, the pre-selection was held a month ago, with a fantastic list of NATSIAA finalists chosen a few months later.

Tribal Abduction by Harold Joseph Thomas (Bundoo), winnder of the Telstra Art Award 2016

The overall winners included

  • Harold Thomas, Telstra Art Award
  • Betty Kuntiwa Pumani, Telstra General Painting Award
  • John Mawurndjul, Telstra Bark Painting Award
  • Robert Pau, Telstra Work on Paper Award
  • Nicole Monks, Wandjuk Marika 3D Memorial Award

You can read more about the winners and the Telstra Award which is hosted annually by the Museum and Art Gallery – Northern Territory.

Vernon has been a finalist in the NATSIA Award a number of times previously. He has also been a judge of a number of art awards including the 2015 Cossack Art Award, Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize 2013, and the Fremantle Print Award 2010.

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