Community gathers to celebrate latest winners of art gongs

Louise AllinghamNorth West Telegraph
Attendees got to view more than 80 pieces by some of WA's best artists.
Camera IconAttendees got to view more than 80 pieces by some of WA's best artists. Credit: Pilbara News, Louise Allingham

The 2017 Hedland Art Awards drew a massive crowd to Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery on Friday, October 6.

Eight talented artists were awarded with a share in the ceremony’s prize pool of more than $100,000.

Judges Dr Ric Spencer, Tarryn Gill and Emilia Galatis.
Camera IconJudges Dr Ric Spencer, Tarryn Gill and Emilia Galatis. Credit: Pilbara News
Cathy and Bruce Jorgensen.
Camera IconCathy and Bruce Jorgensen. Credit: Pilbara News
Ellen Norrish and Pip Short.
Camera IconEllen Norrish and Pip Short. Credit: Picture: Sophia Constantine

Billy Yunkurra Atkins, of Newman, took home the top prize for most outstanding artwork for his piece entitled Kumpupirntily.

Chrissie McDowell.
Camera IconChrissie McDowell.
Chrissie McDowell.
Camera IconChrissie McDowell.
Sheila Gardiner accepts the award for Best Artwork in medium other than painting on behalf of her father William Nyapuru Gardiner from Rod Evans.
Camera IconSheila Gardiner accepts the award for Best Artwork in medium other than painting on behalf of her father William Nyapuru Gardiner from Rod Evans. Credit: Pilbara News
Clare Peak accepts her award from Town of Port Hedland chief executive David Pentz.
Camera IconClare Peak accepts her award from Town of Port Hedland chief executive David Pentz. Credit: Pilbara News
Karen Bromley, Madeline Rhodes, Ellen Norrish and Anwyn Pyle.
Camera IconKaren Bromley, Madeline Rhodes, Ellen Norrish and Anwyn Pyle. Credit: Picture: Sophia Constantine
The gallery was crowded with people taking a look at all this year's entries.
Camera IconThe gallery was crowded with people taking a look at all this year's entries. Credit: Pilbara News
Karen Bromley, Madeline Rhodes, Ellen Norrish and Anwyn Pyle.
Camera IconKaren Bromley, Madeline Rhodes, Ellen Norrish and Anwyn Pyle. Credit: Picture: Sophia Constantine
Picture: Louise Allingham
Camera IconPicture: Louise Allingham Credit: Pilbara News

Djuki Mala wowed the crowd with their humorous dance routines interspersed with captivating and sometimes heart-wrenching stories from indigenous people of north-east Arnhem Land.

Courthouse Gallery team Katie Evans, Kate Mullen and Nur Halik.
Camera IconCourthouse Gallery team Katie Evans, Kate Mullen and Nur Halik. Credit: Pilbara News
The Djuki Mala dancers draw a big crowd .
Camera IconThe Djuki Mala dancers draw a big crowd . Credit: Bewley Shaylor/FORM

The gallery gardens showed no signs of quiet the next day and were filled with market stalls for the final West End Markets of the year.

Hundreds of punters enjoyed browsing an array of stalls from local and visiting small businesses and art centres, dining on delicious food, a drink at the pop-up bar, arts activities and live entertainment from Djuki Mala and local musicians.

Brad Holder.
Camera IconBrad Holder. Credit: Bewley Shaylor/FORM
Quirky stilt performers roved the gallery gardens.
Camera IconQuirky stilt performers roved the gallery gardens. Credit: Bewley Shaylor/FORM

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