Aboriginal art prize winner
The winner of the 2009 Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize was announced at the official opening of the exhibition at Parliament House. The Art Prize is a $20,000 acquisitive prize for Aboriginal artists born in NSW and belonging to a NSW language group.
Roy Kennedy won for his work Missing Series 2. Kennedy was born in 1932 near Griffith and belongs to the Wiradjuri language group. Kennedy studied at Eora college of TAFE in Redfern from 1995 to 1999. It was here he learnt the art of printmaking, with his works now held in both the National Gallery of Australia and the Australian National Maritime Museum.
In Mission Series 2 Kennedy depicts how Aboriginals were treated in the missions, drawing upon his own memories of Warangesha Mission.