Pinjarra artist takes out prestigious art prize

Pinjarra artist Karrie-Anne Kearing took out the prestigious Bindjareb Art Award along with the $10,000 prize, last week. 

Her entry Bullay was a photographic print depicting Indigenous man Calyute who resisted the Thomas Peel occupation of Bindjareb land.

He fought the displacement of his people from the colonisation of the white settlers, which ultimately led the Pinjarra Massacre.

Ms Kearing said the Peel Region should not have been named after Mr Peel. 

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“Peel Region, named after Thomas Peel, to me is not a good name and does not display this region,” she said.

“It is the Bindjareb Region. If we can revert back to the old name, we can bring more people...more people will want to visit.”

The Highly Commended Award went to Troy Bennell, for his piece Wirrin Boorn meaning Spirit Tree. 

Other artists exhibiting works included Rohin Kickett, Esther McDowell, Peta Ugle, Corey Ugle, Maitland Hill, Ben Pushman, Lorraine Woods, Troy Bennell and Gloria Kearing.

In 2013, the Bindjareb Art Award became a partnership between the City of Mandurah, the Bindjareb NAIDOC committee and the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.

Gallery curator Gary Aitken said Ms Kearing had displayed her photography talent.

“This particular piece has broadened the collection and the political nature of the work is significant,” he said. 

“The quality of the work submitted from all artists has grown year on year and it’s an exciting time for Indigenous art in this region.”

The Bindjareb Art Awards are on display in the Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery until July 21, 2018.

The Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery is located within the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.

For more information visit the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre website.