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Cessnock artist and art teacher Les Elvin received one of the highest accolades awarded to indigenous Australians when he was named Artist of the Year in Canberra at the NAIDOC Week awards ceremony last Saturday night.

More than 1000 people attended the awards ceremony at the National Canberra Convention Centre, which featured some of the nation’s best Indigenous entertainers including Jessica Mauboy, Casey Donovan, Archie Roach, Blue King Brown and Dave Huddleston and the Riverbank Band, and presenters Mary G, Leah Purcell and Ernie Dingo.

Les said he is not sure who nominated him for the NAIDOC award, which has previously been won by Purcell, Warren H. Williams and Kerrianne Cox among others, and that he went into the ceremony with an open mind.