A young indigenous artist from Port Lincoln won two art awards at the Our Mob exhibition.
Organized since 2006, Our Mob presents works by Aboriginal artists from across South Australia in a spirit of reconciliation and to show how art can bring people from different backgrounds together.
As part of this, Our Young Mob invites students and artists under the age of 18 to present works with one of these attendees, Mia-Bella Makuch, a Grade 10 student from Port Lincoln High School, who is receiving a recognition for his entry “My Journey”.
Young lady Kaurna won a much-loved prize, as well as the Trevor Nickolls Art Prize, receiving a $ 250 voucher for art supplies.
Mia-Bella said her acrylic painting was done over a three-week period and represented the different paths she took in life to achieve her goals, as well as her connection to the land and family.
She said she was surprised to win both awards as she was always tough on herself when it came to her art.
“I really love art, it’s one of my favorite subjects,” she said.
This year, 12 works of art from students in the high school’s Aboriginal art program were listed in Our Young Mob and nearly all of them were sold, including the two entries by Mia Bella, the second being a landscape painting of the Talia caves.
Mia-Bella said she liked that the Our Mob exhibit provided a chance for Indigenous artists to come together to share their art and stories.
“It’s a great way to bring culture and everyone together, it gives everyone their own voice,” she said.
Mia-Bella’s mother, Rikki-Lee Makuch, said it was great to see how the high school was developing the talents of young artists like her daughter.
“I’ve been in school for 20 years and they didn’t have any opportunities with Aboriginal art when I was in school, so it’s great to see this implemented with the students. these days, “she said.
Mia-Bella thanked art teacher Wanda Jarvis and student support manager Jenny Silver for their support and said she wouldn’t have finished it without them.
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