Lilley wins Hedland Art Awards’ people’s choice

Robert DoughertyNorth West Telegraph
Hedland Art Awards people's choice winner Travis Lilley says the awards are a highlight of the local art scene.
Camera IconHedland Art Awards people's choice winner Travis Lilley says the awards are a highlight of the local art scene. Credit: North West Telegraph

Hedland Art Awards people’s choice winner Travis Lilley has attributed his win to using art as an outlet for everyday life.

Lilley took out the coveted award and the $1000 cash prize for his dragonfly sculpture New Beginning after more than 200 votes were submitted for the award last year.

The piece draws inspiration from the swarms of dragonflies on Sutherland Street which appear during the warmer months, symbolising new beginnings.

Port Hedland’s Amanda Smith came in a close second for her work titled Spinifex In Seed, alongside Hozaus Bidaliji Claire in third place for The Keepers of Wisdom.

Lilley, a full-time plumber who also claimed the People’s Choice Award in 2016, said he entered the Hedland Art Awards to gain confidence and exposure.

“It’s good to get local artists out there and to keep us exposed,” Lilley said.

“You need your outlets for sure. Just to put your headphones on and zone out and make something awesome is my getaway.

“I’d like to thank FORM for exposure and everyone for supporting me and voting for me.”

Lilley also thanked fellow artists from local arts support group, Hedland Arts Council for helping create pieces from copper and scrap and recycled materials found around town.

“I’ve always wanted to go to art school, I always wanted to try and get into art and never did it,” he said.

“It’s tough up here. You find a lot of people come and go, you don’t have a big art community.

“HARTZ have really helped. I get great feedback off them.

“Just by being a member there, I’ve excelled,” Lilley said.

The 2018 Hedland Art Awards drew more than 200 submissions from artists across the Kimberley, Pilbara, Gascoyne, Mid-West and Goldfields.

Warmun Art Centre’s Patrick Mung Mung took out the main prize for most outstanding work.

FORM regional programming co-ordinator Lucy Leech said it was encouraging to note that more than 200 people took the opportunity to vote for their favourite artwork in the exhibition.

“We always look forward to counting votes towards the end of the Hedland Art Awards because after all of the energy of the opening night is over, it is another chance to reward an artist for their talent and skills,” she said.

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