Page 1972 - Week 07 - Tuesday, 14 May 2013

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Ms Nyadbi is a Gija woman in her 70s whose country is in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. Her artwork draws on traditional stories and her bold, spare designs are done with paints handmade from materials from her country including ochres. This commission promises to be one of the largest and most dramatic Australian artworks ever. Ms Nyadbi is already perhaps better known outside Australia, particularly in France. Her work is featured in the Musee du quai Branly in Paris, which opened on 23 June 2006 following the active patronage of French President Jacques Chirac. The museum features non-European art and Ms Nyadbi was one of seven Australian Indigenous artists honoured with great fanfare with exhibitions when the museum opened.

Ms Nyadbi’s work has proved so popular there that the museum has chosen one of her other works to be transposed into a spectacular, enormous mural covering 700 square metres on the roof of the museum. The work will be seen from the Eiffel Tower and it will be so large, I am told, that it will be able to be viewed via Google Earth. The mural is an enlargement of Ms Nyadbi’s black and white painting relating to her people’s traditional story about a barramundi escaping from women fishing for it. The barramundi’s scales are illustrated in the painting. The rooftop work is titled Dayiwul Lirlmim—barramundi scales—and is due to go on show in Paris on 6 June this year.


MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (4.42): I rise tonight to reflect on last Friday night which was a bit of back to the future in the ACT. It was the ClubsACT awards for the year and it was set in an 80s theme. I want to congratulate Jeff House and Louise Gleeson on the awards this year. Clubs were very well represented, with 450 people, including the Chief Minister, Minister Burch, myself and the Leader of the Opposition attending the event. There were 24 awards during—

Mr Doszpot: And me.

MR GENTLEMAN: And Mr Doszpot; my apologies. Twenty-four awards were given on the night. I will just go through some of them, especially in relation to my electorate. The community assistance award for medium clubs went to the Vikings Town Centre. The promotion of sport, large category, award went to Vikings Erindale. The promotion of sport, medium category, award went to Vikings Town Centre. The responsible gaming and gaming facilities award went to Southern Cross Club, Tuggeranong. The responsible gaming facility award again went to the Vikings Town Centre.

The member services award, the large award, went to the Southern Cross Club, Woden. The member services medium award went to Gungahlin Lakes. Then back to the south side, best casual dining was awarded to Kutas Bistro at Vikings Erindale. The ACT chef battle occurred between Josh McCulloch and Martin White at the Vikings Town Centre. The battle was won by Martin White. Congratulations, Martin. Martin lives in our electorate at Isabella Plains.

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