Aboriginal artist, Amanda Joy Tronc, from Chinchilla in Queensland has won the prestigious 2012 National NAIDOC Poster Competition.
Ms Tronc will receive a $5,000 cash prize and her artwork will feature on the 2012 National NAIDOC poster. The poster will be distributed across the country to promote NAIDOC Week 2012, which runs from 1–8 July.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, and National NAIDOC Committee co-chairs Anne Martin and Benjamin Mitchell, announced Ms Tronc’s submission, titled Look at us now, as the winning artwork for 2012.
Mr Mitchell said entries needed to reflect this year’s NAIDOC theme, ‘Spirit of the Tent Embassy: 40 years on’.
“Look at us now is positive and powerful. It carries the unspoken spirit of the Tent Embassy that can be felt, but not put into words,” Mr Mitchell said.
Ms Martin said the 2012 National NAIDOC Poster Competition received more than 90 great entries but the Committee was strong and united on the selection of Ms Tronc’s work.
“We congratulate Ms Tronc and all the gifted artists who submitted their artwork in this year’s competition,” Ms Martin said.
Ms Tronc’s artwork depicts the four founding members of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy standing under the original beach umbrella they planted in front of parliament house 40 years ago. The foreground shows what Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have been able to achieve today, thanks to the efforts of those founding members.
Ms Tronc was overwhelmed when told she had won the competition, and of the impact her artwork had made. Ms Tronc said that in researching the theme she was shocked to learn most people she knows have never heard of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy.
“I wanted my artwork to show that it is important to understand the history behind us and that our culture is a part of our people – not dwindling, but getting stronger the more our mob succeed and pave the way for the future generations,” Ms Tronc said.