2021 Minnawarra Art Awards Winners

2021 Award Winners


Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions, we weren’t able to meet face-to-face for the Minnawarra Art Awards Ceremony. So we’ve created a virtual experience for you! Click below to watch the 2021 Awards and read about all our winners below.

And the winners are…


City of Armadale Art Award:

Winner: Abdul-Rahman Abdullah

Artwork Title: Closed But Never Locked

Judges Comments: Closed But Never Locked is a highly skilled and resolved work. The fluidity of the stretched form contrasts with the materiality of the hand carved object. The darkness and apparent weight is intriguing and powerful and sustains a long thoughtful engagement. This is an important work from a highly talented and significant artist that will greatly add to the City of Armadale art collection.


Local Artist Award:

Winner: Julie Fearns-Pheasant

Artwork Title: On the Sixth Day (Houseplants and Improvement Paraphernalia)

Judges Comments: On the Sixth Day (Houseplants and Improvement Paraphernalia) is an engaging visual document of life during COVID. In using pen and ink to draw individuals as they flock to the local Bunnings, Fearns-Pheasant presents a record of our strange group behaviour. By piecing together sheets of paper she has completed her own COVID project to great effect and it is a valuable and necessary  record well-placed in the City’s Collection

Note: Julie is the Armadale Arts Festival 2021 – Festival Artist


Aboriginal Artist Award:

Winner: Rohin Kickett

Artwork Title: Curfew

Judges Comments: Rohin Kickett’s exploration of the constraints and controls placed upon the Aboriginal peoples of the south west of Western Australia is a stark and confronting one. Kickett’s method of application of acrylic on canvas in this work (and the series) is one that reflects the reality of violence and extremism of the times. Aboriginal people across this nation were “controlled and contained” by force of arms first, then by policy and now by the poverty of a displaced people struggling to be heard properly on the lands of their ancestors. Kickett’s use of a rifle to punch a projectile through balloons filled with acrylic paint remind us that that time then – really wasn’t all that long ago – in the history of this state or this nation. A well realised work.


Gerry Gauntlett Award:

Winner: Kate Webb

Artwork Title: Road Plinth

Judges Comments: Road Plinth is a beautiful and sophisticated representation of a sculptural intervention. Emphasised by the single point perspective, the relationship between the central object and the landscape is key to the artwork’s successful resolution.


Highly Commended:

Winner: Hilary Phillips-Ryley

Artwork Title: Windows

Judges Comments: Hilary Phillips-Ryley beautifully painted 35 eyes and each is closely observed and distinct. Windows is a heartfelt demonstration of connection and commitment to those people who support and sustain us. A unique and evocative painting.


A huge congratulations to all of our winners!

Find out more about the Minnawarra Art Awards and plan your trip to view the exhibition here.

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