Gurrumul Awarded Arts Council $90,000 Fellowship

27 May 2012 | 5:02 pm | Staff Writer

Gurrumul receives $90,000 fellowship at the National Indigenous Arts Awards in Sydney.

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was one of two artists granted Australia Council fellowships today, as a part of the Fifth National Indigenous Arts Awards, held at the Sydney Opera House.

The other fellowship went to visual artist/curator/writer Jenny Fraser, currently working on "non-linear" documentary Midden.

The $50,000 Red Ochre Award was presented to Warren H Williams - the Western Aranda country musician was recognised for his "outstanding contribution to the Indigenous arts".

The Council's Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Arts Board also presented the inaugural $20,000 Dreaming Award, for a young emerging Indigenous artist. The Dreaming was won by Western Sydney playwright Nakkiah Lui.

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Gurrumul  plans to use his fellowship to create a large-scale music and surround multi-screen sensory installation that will allow audiences to "experience the land and community of the remote Elcho Island".