Dion Beasley, 2019 National Arts and Disability Award recipient (Emerging Artist)

Dion Beasley, 2019 National Arts and Disability Award recipient (Emerging Artist)


The recipient of the Australia Council National Arts and Disability Award for an Emerging Artist
in 2019 is Dion Beasley. Dion draws Cheeky Dogs. He is an Alyawarr artist
from Tennant Creek. His practice includes
screen printing, etchings photography and three
dimensional installations. Through his art Dion has collaborated
on the Cheeky Dog clothing label maps and books. Dionne’s
captivating portraits Dion’s captivating portraits offer a unique chronicle
of daily life around Tennant Creek, Lake Nash, Canteen Creek
and Mulga Camp His illustrated titles
co-written with Johanna Bell include Too Many Cheeky Dogs
and the multi award winning Go Home Cheeky Animals which won
the Northern Territory Read Book of the Year in 2018 and
the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Early Childhood
Book of the Year in 2017. His memoir Cheeky Dogs:
To Lake Nash and Back was published in June 2019. Dion’s work shines a light on Australian First
Nation communities. He provides a window
into a side of life full of vibrancy connection and human
insights helping to shape how Australians understand
themselves and their context with humour and charm. His work cuts through conventional barriers
speaking across generations and language
groups. Generous honest and creative. Dion is a rising star and we
cannot wait to see what comes next. Please join me in congratulating
the recipient of the 2019 National Arts
and Disability Award for an Emerging Artist
Dion Beasley.

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