NITV News: Harold Thomas wins art prize

Title:
NITV News: Harold Thomas wins art prize
NFSA ID:
1587193
Year:
2016
Courtesy:
NITV
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WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following program may contain images and/or audio of deceased persons
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This story from NITV News in 2016 shows Northern Territory artist Harold Thomas, the designer of the Aboriginal flag, receiving the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award for his work 'Tribal Abduction'.

Thomas explains that the work represents the removal of children from country and that it reflects his own experience and that of his family.

Guest writer Cheree Toka, Kamilaroi yinarr (woman), entrepreneur and activist reflects on the story: 'While the painting was incredibly well received, this recognition was also tinged with sadness for our people. That we should win a prize for a portrait of our lives that was laced with sadness and cruelty is a raw reminder of why we still feel so strongly about our past.'

Other artists featured include Betty Kuntiwa Pumani and Ishmael Marika. The bulletin was broadcast live on 5 August 2016 from Darwin Museum and Art Gallery for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards.

The reporter is Ella Archibald-Binge. Anchorperson is Natalie Ahmat.