Port Lincoln art student receives Our Young Mob awards

ARTIST: Mia-Bella Makuch was awarded with her entry into Our Young Mob. Photo: supplied

ARTIST: Mia-Bella Makuch was awarded with her entry into Our Young Mob. Photo: supplied

A young Port Lincoln indigenous artist has taken out two art prizes as part of the Our Mob exhibition.

Held since 2006, Our Mob features art by Aboriginal artists from across South Australia in the spirit of reconciliation and to showcase how art can bring people from different backgrounds together.

As part of this the Our Young Mob invites students and artists under 18-years-old to enter works with one such entrant, Port Lincoln High School year 10 student Mia-Bella Makuch receiving recognition for her entry 'My Journey'.

The young Kaurna woman earned a highly commended award, as well as the Trevor Nickolls Art Prize, receiving a $250 art supply voucher.

Mia-Bella said her acrylic painting was done over a three week period and represented the different paths she had taken in life to reach her goals, as well as her connection to the land and family.

She said she was surprised to win both awards as she was always hard on herself when it came to her art.

"I do really enjoy art art, it's one of my favourite subjects," she said.

'My Journey' by Mia-Bella Makuch. Image courtesy of Port Lincoln High School

'My Journey' by Mia-Bella Makuch. Image courtesy of Port Lincoln High School

This year 12 artworks by students from the high school's Aboriginal art program were entered into Our Young Mob with nearly all sold, including both of Mia Bella's entries, the second being a landscape painting of the Talia Caves.

Mia-Bella said she loved that the Our Mob exhibition provided a chance for Aboriginal artists to come together to share their art and stories.

"It's a great way to bring culture and everyone together, it gives everyone their own voice," she said.

Mia-Bella's mother Rikki-Lee Makuch said it was great to see how the high school was developing the talents of young artists like her daughter.

"It's been 20 years since I've been at the school and they didn't have opportunities with Aboriginal art when I was at school so it's great to see that implemented with the students these days," she said.

Mia-Bella thanked art teacher Wanda Jarvis and student support officer Jenny Silver for their support and said she would not have completed it if it had not been for them.

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