Bindi Mwerre Anthurre artist, Adrian Jangala Robertson, has won the coveted Alice Prize for his painting, Family in Yalpirakinu.
Established in 1970, the biennial Alice Prize is one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious regional contemporary art prizes attracting artists from across the country.
Adrian’s win adds to a growing list of awards, including the Telstra General Painting Award in the 2020 National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award.
Art often tells a story about connection to place and people. That’s what Adrian does in Family in Yalpirakinu, a well-deserved winner of the Alice Prize. Congratulations to Bindi Mwerre Anthurre Artists going from strength to strength and supporting established and emerging artists/
Judge Lara Merrington said Adrian’s winning work had a “complete honesty’ and that she could feel the connection between him and his family,
– Chansey Paech MLA, NT Minister Arts, Culture and Heritage.
Adrian joined the Bindi Mwerre Anthurre Artists studio in 2002. This studio is dedicated to First Nations artists with disability.
Bindi Enterprises congratulates Adrian on being awarded the 2022 Alice Prize. In receiving this national award, Adrian is recognised as a significant contributor to the Australian arts industry. Achievements like this demonstrate equal opportunity and break down barriers for artists with a disability
– Liesl Rockchild, Bindi Enterprises Operations Manager.
Bindi accounted for four of the 58 finalists from 531 entries in this year’s Alice Prize. Works by Bindi Mwerre Anthurre artists, Charles Inkamala and Billy Kenda, were among the finalists. Stuart Keech, who works in Bindi Enterprises’ Contracts team, which provides contract services in Mparntwe/Alice Springs, was also a finalist.
The winning Alice Prize work is acquired by the Araluen Arts Centre. The exhibition of finalists is open to the public at the Araluen Arts Centre until 5 June 2022.
Adrian’s distinctive style often refers to his family and the desert mountains, ridges and trees of his mother’s country, Yalpirakinu. This country, also known as Yuelamu, is north-west of Mparntwe/Alice Springs.
Family in Yalpirakinu by Adrian Jangala Robertson.