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‘Outback Archies’ showcase talent across the Outback

‘Carol and Paddy’, a portrait of Paddy and Carol Norton of Bre by Naya Jeffries won the photography section of the 2023 Outback Archies. Photo contributed

Artists from Bourke, Brewarrina and Walgett took out some of the major prizes at this year’s Outback Archies, now showing at the Outback Arts Centre in Coonamble.

More than 200 entries were submitted from 17 Shires, with 100 selected to be on exhibition, demonstrating the wealth of talent across the northwestern region.

Naya Jeffries from Brewarrina took out the top prize in photography, with her entry, ‘Carol & Paddy’ – a portrait of Carol and Paddy Norton.

Bourke painter, Merren Turnbull won the coveted ‘Packing Room’ prize for her work, ‘Oxley Paddock’ – and acrylic painting in bold colours.

The Young Curators award went to Kaiiericah Annis-Brown of Bourke for her work, ‘King of the Dreamtime’, the Aboriginal Art Prize was awarded to George Williams of Walgett for ‘Bokhara Huts’, and the Curator’s Award went to Johanna Parker of Lightning Ridge for ‘Brolgas Living on Land’.

Outback Arts spokesperson Emma Hoy said the exhibition was a showcase of the creativity and skill of artists from a range of disciplines, including sculpture, ceramics, photography, painting, and drawing. […]

Read more in the printed edition of The Western Herald.

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