SA Indigenous Acquisitive Art Award Recipient Announced

The Adelaide Festival Centre is proud to announce that the recipient of the inaugural Adelaide Festival Centre’s South Australian Indigenous Acquisitive Art Award is Ceduna artist Beaver Lennon…

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Beaver Lennon, The Break of Dawn, acrylic on canvas, 2010
Beaver Lennon, The Break of Dawn, acrylic on canvas, 2010

The Adelaide Festival Centre is proud to announce that the recipient of the inaugural Adelaide Festival Centre’s South Australian Indigenous Acquisitive Art Award is Ceduna artist Beaver Lennon.

Announced last night at the official opening of Our Mob 2010, Lennon was presented with $5,000 prize money for his painting in this year’s Our Mob exhibition The Break of Dawn.
A talented young and emerging artist, Lennon started painting at the Ceduna Arts & Culture Centre in February 2005. Since then, Lennon has exhibited in every Our Mob exhibition at the Adelaide Festival Centre from 2006 – 2010, as well as at Tandanya in Adelaide and the Red Poles Gallery in McLaren Vale.
Lennon’s works explore his own country of the Mirning people in far west South Australia, using incredible realism and detail to depict particular aspects of that landscape, such as specific landforms, species of flora and fauna, light, terrain and distance. Recently, Lennon has been working on major public projects around the state, including murals, and has also been exploring the genre of portraiture.
The inaugural Adelaide Festival Centre’s South Australian Indigenous Acquisitive Art Award was made possible through the generous support of a private donor. The award allows the well established Our Mob project to continue to grow, providing South Australian Indigenous artists with a significant professional development opportunity. This reflects the Adelaide Festival Centre’s commitment to build upon its extensive Indigenous Culture programming.
Lennon’s painting was selected from a field of over 80 works in this year’s Our Mob exhibition by a panel of arts industry judges. The winning work will now form part of the Adelaide Festival Centre Indigenous Art Collection which was established in 2002.
Adelaide Festival Centre Visual Arts Programming Executive Susan Jenkins said: “Lennon’s work is an outstanding painting for its ability to record or create atmosphere in the landscape. While standing in front of the work, you can almost pick the temperature in the air and hear the sounds of dawn. Lennon shows incredible skill as a painter through his attention to detail.”
Our Mob 2010 is a statewide celebration of remote and regional South Australian Indigenous artists. Held during the 2010 SALA (South Australian Living Artists) Festival, this year’s exhibition features a diverse range of works of art by different artists from all around the state and will be on display in Adelaide Festival Centre’s Artspace Gallery and Festival Theatre foyer until 5 September.
For further information visit: www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au

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