The 2019 Portrait of a Senior Territorian has concluded with Peter Turner awarded the People’s Choice Award for his portrait titled Man of Country.
The portrait depicts Henry Imberamana, a respected elder who has spent his life in Warruwi in West Arnhem Land. Mr Imberamana, a senior lawman and holder of stories, is actively involved in Mawng cultural ceremonies and community business.
Peter Turner is a Territory artist who focuses on cross-cultural work. He has spent time working with Aboriginal people in the Top End, taking the opportunity to learn as much as possible in an attempt to create a dialogue between the two cultures.
Over 600 people voted for their favourite artwork in the People’s Choice Awards and Man of Country was the resounding winner receiving over 30% of the votes. As the People’s Choice winner, Mr Turner receives $1000. The portrait was also awarded a judges commendation.
The Portrait of a Senior Territorian exhibition was on display in the NT Library at Parliament House for five weeks. The winning artwork by Catherine Miles has been acquired by the Northern Territory Government as part of the Araluen Arts Collection.
As stated by Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture, Director of Arts NT, Angela Hill:
“The Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Award and exhibition recognises outstanding Northern Territory artists and celebrates the significant achievements and contributions by senior Territorians to our community.
“Mr Turner’s portrait, Man of Country, stood out as it beautifully captures Mr Imberamana’s features as well as the land.
“To be voted, and overwhelmingly so, by the public as the standout work, the winner of the People’s Choice Prize and a judges commendation is a wonderful achievement and just recognition for Mr Turner.”