The NT News reports about the winners of the Telstra Art Awards:

A painting that sang out to one of the judges has won a revered artist from Kintore the $40,000 Telstra Art Award.

Makinti Napanangka, who is in her late seventies, was not in Darwin to collect her prize at last night’s awards ceremony at the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT.

Her untitled work depicts designs associated with the Lupulnga rockhole dreaming site.

Judge Hetti Perkins said the controversy surrounding ethical concerns about some entrants was in her mind when she was considering the winners.

“We were very aware of it,” she said.

“But we were so preoccupied with the aesthetics that I don’t even know if we would have got into the ethics.”