This is the second time the awards have been presented, the first being in 1998, when
II men and women were made State Living Treasures.
The concept of State Living Treasures originated in Japan after World War II, where the
title became the highest distinction attainable by a senior traditional artist. Living
Treasures programs have since been initiated in many parts of the world, and in some
countries, they are administered under legal provisions similar to our own Heritage
Act. Living Treasures programs are a way for communities to show respect for their
elders and to pay tribute to the skills, expertise and knowledge acquired over a lifetime
of artistic practice. They also honour the personal integrity that makes the presence of
these people so valuable to cultural life.
The Western Australian State Living Treasures Awards are inclusive of, but not limited
to, artists working within traditional art forms Rather, they celebrate the diversity,
talent and richness of a group of individual artists who have chosen to make Western
Australia their home, or have chosen to work with Western Australian subjects, places,
people and experiences.
Even more broadly, the awards celebrate the ability of artists to articulate ideas about
our relationships with each other and the world, to involve us, to move us, and to
enthrall us with their skill and imagination.
The 2004 award recipients were selected by a reference panel of respected people in
Western Australian arts and culture. These were:
The award recipients were chosen from across the different art forms, with no particular
requirement for art form representation. The panel's selection was based on the
following criteria. Recipients:
It was also desirable that recipients:
The 2004 recipients were:
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