People’s Choice Winner
Advocate Art Award 2021

Emma Stuart – “Kwartatuma in Shadow”
Winner of the People’s Choice vote in the Advocate Art Award
Prize Sponsored by Yeperenye Shopping Centre

This painting came out of a series focusing around regeneration of the land through fire. The Central Desert has been part of me for over 25 years now. After living in Berlin I returned to Mparntwe in 2014 to continue my art practice. 

Since then I have been gripped Arrernte country’s vibrant geographical and demographical history and am drawn to paint its evocative landscapes. In particular its river-beds, clay pans and tributaries and their ever-present company, the trees.

My aim is to capture the liminal shift between light and shade, between what is revealed and what is hidden, between the point of focus and distorted peripheries. Instead of focusing on broad vistas typically depicted by Central Australian landscape painters, I am drawn to paint intimate scapes, the personalities of the individual trees and their journeys through the different seasons and conditions bared upon it by the Australian desert’s harsh climate.

I’d like to thank CAAS for curating an art prize that is so open and inclusive.

Advocate Art Award 2021: Winners

Congratulations to those chosen for an award, but also to all entrants for making this exhibition so enjoyable. Last year’s award was a COVID casualty, this was a welcome return!

Glen Edwards – Ormiston Pound, The Excellence Award, sponsor Chapman and Bailey, pictured with Allison Foster
Raden Davis – Bridge Town, Places Prize, In Memory of Iain Campbell
Nyinta Donald – Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Stories Prize, sponsor Alice Springs Art Foundation (The Alice Prize)
Born Field – Scream, Faces Prize, sponsor Bellette Media
Solly Harder – 12 Figures, Encouragement Prize, sponsor Jacksons Art Supplies
Sue Richter – Stories From the New Settlers Series 11, Highly Commended Prize, sponsor Framed in Alice
Sheriden Appel – ‘Spring Beckons’ , Exhibition Space Prize sponsored by Leaping Lizards Gallery
The Judges – Christine Godden; Julian Green and Charlie Freeman