Kerry-Anne Kearing Salmon takes out Mandurah’s $10,000 Bindjareb Art Award.

Kerry-Anne Kearing Salmon with her award winning photographic work.
Kerry-Anne Kearing Salmon with her award winning photographic work.

IF the Peel region, named after Thomas Peel, reverted to its old name Bindjareb, more people would want to visit.

So said artist Karee-Anne Kearing Salmon when she accepted the $10,000 Bindjareb Art Award during Naidoc Week celebrations at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre last night.

“The Peel region to me is not a good name nor does it display this region,’’ she said.

“It is the Bindjareb region.

“If we can revert back to the old name, we can bring more people, more people will want to visit.”

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Kearing Salmon won the acquisitive award for Bullay, a photographic print depicting Bindjareb man Calyute, an indigenous warrior who resisted Thomas Peel’s occupation of Bindjareb land and displacement of his people that ultimately led to the Pinjarra Massacre.

Gallery curator Gary Aitken said the piece was of the highest quality and an important milestone.

“This particular piece has broadened the collection and the political nature of the work is significant,’’ he said.

The highly commended award went to Troy Bennell for Wirrin Boorn.

The Bindjareb Art Award was established in 2012.

In 2013 it became a partnership between the City of Mandurah, the Bindjareb Naidoc Committee and Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.

Each year, 10 contemporary Nyungar artists are invited to enter a piece in the award.

The exhibition runs at the centre art gallery until July 21.