IN THE RUNNING: Artist Brentyn Lugnan with two works he has entered in Mid North Coast Indigenous Art Award.
IN THE RUNNING: Artist Brentyn Lugnan with two works he has entered in Mid North Coast Indigenous Art Award. Bruce Thomas

Brentyn is brushing up for award

BRENTYN Lugnan admits his passion for art sometimes sends him “dotty”.

The local painter has entered two works in the first Mid North Coast Indigenous Art Award. One of those pieces, ‘Rockpool’, took six months to create

“It’s about movement, a symbol for our lives and the way we interact with one another,” Mr Lugnan said.

“I grew up on the coast and have tried to capture my childhood, playing in rock pools on the beach.”

He said the process had been very rewarding, if at times challenging.

“I have had to get glasses since creating these artworks because my eyes start to see dotty,” he jokingly added.

Mr Lugnan will be competing for a share of the $7000 prize purse attached to the Saltwater Freshwater Indigenous Art Award, which falls under the auspice of Arts Mid North Coast to promote the distinctiveness of local art.

Wadjar Indigenous Gallery curator Alison Williams is more than happy to support the Mid North Coast brand.

“We should support the amazing cultural threads that make up the rich tapestry that our region has to offer,” Ms Williams said.

The award will become an annual event to showcase the Mid North Coast art scene, which is home to more than 180 practising and emerging indigenous artists.

“There has been a lot of interest in the exhibition. It’s a great way for artists to get their work out there and it really lifts the benchmark for their profile and market value. I hope there will be a positive spin off for our participants and the winners can go on to greater practices,” Ms Williams said.

Entries for the art award close this afternoon at the Yarrawarra Cultural Centre.



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