'Story Bag' - Woven Sari Silk & Ghost Net pulled from the Arafura Sea
'Story Bag' - Woven Sari Silk & Ghost Net pulled from the Arafura Sea

We're thrilled to announce that senior Angurgu artist Annabel Amagula has been nominated for the prestigious Woolahra Small Sculpture Prize, an annual award held in Sydney.

Established in 2001, the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize attracts strong support from artists, collectors and critics and is the first national acquisitive prize for an original, freestanding sculpture of up to 80cm in any dimension.

Annabel Amagula
Annabel Amagula

"That’s the one, I made it.
I remember my grandmother, one day she made a bag.

She used to go out hunting for yam and bush tucker, she used to carry them in that bag.

That bag was made old ways from pandanas string, my bag is made from that ghost net.

Those nets kill our bush tucker, our turtles and fish and crab, the rangers go around and pick up the net and give it to us.

This bag carry’s the story."

This year, 48 finalists have been selected from 666 entries received.

Annabel's nomination this year follows her nomination for the 2018 Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, for her collaborative multimedia work with Bernadette Watt.

As a senior artist & master weaver, Annabel supports many women in Angurugu to learn to weave and bush dye and is a driving force in the movement of ghost net weaving across Groote Eylandt.

Congratulations Annabel! Read more on the awards here.