Winner of The Alice Prize



Tent Embassy

Tent Embassy

Thea Anamara Perkins (Winner)

The inspiration for my painting is a treasured family photo of my grandfather Charles Perkins and aunt Rachel Perkins taken during a land rights protest outside Old Parliament House in Canberra. My grandfather was born at the Bungalow (then the Half-Caste Institution) in Mparntwe/Alice Springs. This image is reflective of the way that politics was personal for my grandfather, and that he dedicated his life to the fight for justice for our people.

Judge's Comments

Thea Perkins has honed her attention on a singular moment in time that has both great personal and political potency. Her exquisite jewel-like embrace of painting and its potential reinvigorates realism and conveys both familial tenderness and profound historic change in this country.  - Rhana Devenport (Judge)

Artist's Statement about her win

"It’s truly a profound honour to be the recipient of the Alice Prize in the company of so many incredible artists that I respect and admire. I dedicate it to the memory of my grandfather Charlie and my great grandmother Hetti, especially in trying times like these I look to them for inspiration. I’m overjoyed as an Arrernte woman that this work has it’s home in Alice Springs on country."


This artwork has been acquired by the Alice Springs Art Foundation and gifted to the people of Alice Springs.

40.5cm x 30.5cm 

Acrylic on clayboard

Thea Anamara Perkins (Winner)

Thea Anamara Perkins


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