A Worimi woman from Taree is one of 68 artists from across Australia who has been named as a finalist in the 2019 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA), Australia's most illustrious and long standing Indigenous art awards.
Krystal Hurst is the owner of Gillawarra Arts, a creative arts business which started on the Mid North Coast and is now based in Canberra.
Krystal is the 'adopted' daughter of Ray Hurst and the late Pat David-Hurst AO AM Hon. Dletts (Newcastle). "Gillawarra" is the early name of the health service and gift store at Purfleet which Pat was involved in.
Krystal is a jewellery designer and painter and uses traditional techniques such as weaving, twining, burning and threading. She specialises in contemporary Aboriginal artworks on canvas, murals and running workshops and says her inspiration comes from Country, memories, stories and community integrated in an a meaningful way.
She was awarded ACT NAIDOC Artist of the Year in 2017 and was recently featured in the Indigenous women in business 'Morning Sky Project' and is a participant in the Indigenous Jewellery Project.
A total of 280 entries were submitted in the NATSIAA awards by First Nation artists from regional and urban areas across Australia.
Twenty four finalists are from the Northern Territory, with 20 from Western Australia, 18 from South Australia and the remainder from Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory.
The winners of the 36th Telstra NATSIAA will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory's Bullocky Point (Darwin) facility on Friday, August 9.
This year's exhibition highlights eight finalists for the Telstra Emerging Artist Award from across Western Australia, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory. The exhibition opens on August 10 and concludes on November 3.
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