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Eddy Harris scoops Pro Hart award

West Darling Arts Aboriginal Arts and Enterprise Officer Eddy Harris on 21 May claimed the $3,000 Pro Hart Prize for Hanging Art in the annual Art Unlimited competition. The Dubbo-based artist won the award, presented at central west NSW’s Dunedoo, for a black and white acrylic on canvas work titled Kangaroo Dreaming. In the early days of his painting career, Harris was mentored by Pro Hart in his home town of Wilcannia. Harris said: “As an Aboriginal, it’s very important to me to be able to share my culture with others through my art. It was also really good to see other Aboriginal artists recognised this year. Hopefully it will encourage a lot more in the future.” Dubbo Western Plains Cultural Centre curator and Art Unlimited judge Kent Buchanan also presented awards to Blayney’s Nyree Reynolds who won the $500 Western Plains Cultural Centre Emerging Art prize. Coonabarabran photographer Paris Norton picked up the $500 Orana Arts Indigenous Artist prize, while Gundaroo NSW’s Ian Jones won the Ceramics prize. Established by Dunedoo Lions Club in 2008, Art Unlimited this year attracted 400 submissions across its hanging art, photography and ceramics categories.