Top Honours for Young Clayton Bay Artist

April 15, 2024 8:44 am in by
April Rigney's oil on canvas 'Kondoli Dreaming'. Photo: supplied

A young Ngarrindjeri Mimini woman from Clayton Bay is one of eight art and design high school graduates in South Australia to receive top honours in the SACE Art Show.

April Rigney, graduate from the Eastern Fleurieu R-12 School, was officially recognised with an award at the SACE Art Show’s closing event on Friday, April 12.

Her award-winning acrylic on canvas painting ‘Kondoli Dreaming’ is based on a sacred dreaming story in the Fleurieu Peninsula about how fire was given to First Nations people and how it must be protected.

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“I was inspired to paint the ‘Kondoli Dreaming’ after an excursion with renowned Ngarrindjeri artist Cedric Varcoe, where we visited Basham’s Beach (Middleton),” April said.

“I love learning about my culture and the dreaming stories and chose to connect with my culture through art, using Ngarrindjeri art-style to paint the Kondoli dreaming story.”

April Rigney caught up with ARN’s Adam Connelly and Jennie Lenman to talk about the art and honour. Hear the full chat in the audio play window below: