CDU arts award finalists announced 


A classical musician, an Indigenous curator/artist and a performing artist are the finalists for the Charles Darwin University Arts Award to be presented at the 2006 Northern Territory Young Achievers Awards this Saturday.

The finalists were selected from a strong pool of applicants, highlighting the diversity and innovation of young people working in the arts across the Territory.

Category Judge, Director of Corporate Communication, Ms Cas Bennetto, was impressed with the calibre of work from the finalists.

“The quality of work, commitment, creativity and diversity that this year’s finalists demonstrated is outstanding. The selected finalists are all exceptional young artists who have shown initiative and the commitment required to produce inspirational work,” she said.

The finalists are:

Katharina Fehringer, 22, of Wulagi is a well-respected classical guitarist, violinist, music teacher and performer. She was recently invited to audition for the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she received a guitar scholarship. Katharina is a graduate of Bachelor of Music majoring in Performance at CDU, a violinist with the Darwin Symphony Orchestra and member of the Darwin University Chamber Orchestra.

Araluen Naminapu Maymuru, 26, of Yirrkala is a talented artist, printmaker, arts manager and curator whose work is shaped by her lineage and reflects the calibre of her artistic heritage. Araluen produces her own limited edition prints which are highly sought-after by interstate and international buyers and exhibitors.

Finn O’Branagain, 18, of Wulagi is passionate about the arts and has achieved highly in this area as a performer, writer, director and graphic designer. Over the past three years, the emerging young artist has actively involved herself in theatre, video and performing arts through Corrugated Iron Youth arts.

The winner of the CDU Arts Award will be announced by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Helen Garnett at the Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards presentation night on Saturday 1 April.

The Young Achiever Awards acknowledge, encourage and promote the positive achievements of young people with the winner in each category receiving $1,000 and a trophy.

To book tickets for the event please phone (08) 8981 0244.

Visit the NT Young Achiever Awards website.