DEADLY AWARD WINNER: Glenda Nicholls with her award-winning piece, A Woman’s Rite of Passage.
DEADLY AWARD WINNER: Glenda Nicholls with her award-winning piece, A Woman’s Rite of Passage. CONTRIBUTED

Mackay woman's woven cloaks win Indigenous art prize

MACKAY-BASED artist Glenda Nicholls has taken out Victoria's richest Indigenous art prize - the Deadly Art Award.

Ms Nicholls said it was an honour just to be nominated for the award.

Her piece, called A Woman's Rite of Passage, is a life-sized woven sculptural work presented in the form of three woven cloaks created to represent indigenous women and the role they play in Welcome to Country ceremonies.

There are three cloaks; the acknowledge cloak, the seniors or elders cloak and the Welcome to Country cloak.

"When I started the cloaks they actually told me what they wanted to wear," Ms Nicholls said.

"Being an artist it connects you with the craft you are doing.

"In making the nets they are representative of net weavers - of my ancestors and the elders - who were net weavers of the Murray River system."

With the $30,000 prize money, Ms Nicholls said she planned to save a bit and spend a bit.

"I've stashed some away for some conferences that might come up that I've never been able to afford to go to," she said.

"I'd love to learn eco dying or natural dying techniques so that's on my list.

"And I'd like to travel, preferably to somewhere like the Northern Territory or New Zealand or Fiji keeping in my net-weaving styles - I'd like to learn a bit more about that."

A Woman's Rite of Passage is now on show at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.



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