Oil painting by Katalin Horompo, Story Time: Dr Hugh Heggie won the Portrait of a Senior Territorian People’s Choice Award.

Darwin’s artist receives a $ 1,000 award for his work which celebrates the community leadership of the NT health officer and explores the details of his character and life.

In her artist statement, Ms. Horompo explained that the portrait provides subtle visual clues to Dr. Heggie’s life, interests and character.

A total of 1,365 votes were received for the People’s Choice Award, with over 1,100 votes cast online.

“The Territory Labor government is proud to support our visual storytellers and celebrate our elders who contribute so much to the vitality of the NT,” said Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage, Chansey Paech.

“Not only does the Audience Award winning portrait showcase Katalin Horompo’s wonderful skills; it is also an indication of the high regard in which Dr Heggie has been held by the community during the current pandemic.

“This year’s portrait of a senior territorial was a great success of the event and a tribute to the creative excellence of our territorial artists and the wonderful support from the audience. “

The announcement complements this year’s Portrait of a Senior Territorial exhibit which opened on December 6 in Parliament.

Thomas Higgs won the first prize of $ 7,000 for his work Garlil: Matriarch and Pioneer, featuring Garlil Jane Christophersen.

The second prize, worth $ 2,000, went to Jose Victor Patalinghug for his portrayal of Adrian ‘Wildhorse’ Lantjin and the third prize of $ 500 went to Dr Al Strangeways for his portrayal of Dr Patricia Miller AO. A Commendation was awarded to Catherine Miles for her portrayal of Indigenous health practitioner Iris Patricia Raye.

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