The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand’s 2023 Arts Writing and Publishing Awards were announced today, with Ikuntji Textiles being highly commended for ‘Best Artist-Led Publication’; A wonderful accolade. The judges had the following to say:
“While this publication may not strictly tick all the boxes of the judging criteria, we felt it deserved to be given a Highly Commended for its championing of alternative ontologies and forms of scholarship that sit outside Western academic models. Ikuntji Textiles is a beautiful, celebratory publication and an impressive feat of self-publication by a remote Aboriginal art centre operating on a shoestring budget. Scholarship resides in oral storytelling and knowledge inheritance and dissemination by community elders, with the Luritja artists telling their own stories in their own words and—significantly—in language. The book also promotes the idea of art and artists as being embedded in, and integral to, one’s everyday life and surroundings.”
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