Aunty Kath Withers is one of the 31 finalists to be exhibited in the Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize. Aunty Kath entered a large-scale version of one of her Sista Baskets, a contemporary reworking of a traditional woven object. Woven from raffia, bush dyed with iron bark, wattle and ‘snobbygrottle’ (a local mistletoe), the basket is a beautiful handmade object that connects Aunty Kath to ancient aboriginal cultural practice. Aunty Kath has been weaving for around six years, and is one of a number of elders working to reinvigoratethe practice in our region.
Aunty Kath was quite surprised that her work was accepted into the prize. Her work will be exhibited alongside some of the most exciting contemporary Aboriginal arts practitioners including Blak Douglas and Nicola Monks.
“I was in shock when I first heard but now I feel honoured to be exhibited alongside such other talented artists”, said Aunty Kath. “I weave from the heart and let my ancestor’s spirits guide me”.
Aunty Kath’s Sista Basket will be on exhibition at Parliament of NSW in Sydney from September 28 to Friday October 30. Aunty Kath will be travelling to Sydney for the award announcement on October 14.
The Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize (PNSWAAP) is an acquisitive art award, with prize money totaling $40,000, presented to an Aboriginal visual artist over the age of 18, born in New South Wales or living in New South Wales. PNSWAAP is presented by the Parliament of New South Wales in partnership with Campbelltown City Council, the New South Wales Government through Arts NSW and UNSW Art & Design.