Great Southern Art Award Exhibition

Published on Friday, 26 March 2021 at 4:19:34 PM

Almost $10,000 in prizes has been handed out to the five talented local artist winners at the Great Southern Art Award this evening as the event officially opens the refurbished Albany Town Hall.

A trio of adjudicators including James Davies, Annette Davis and Paul Moncrieff spent Tuesday afternoon deliberating their decision before announcing the winners at the award’s official opening.

Jo Wassell was awarded the City of Albany Acquisitive Prize for her piece ‘Siblings’, taking home a $5,000 prize and either a supported exhibition or a month working out of Vancouver Arts Centre.

Judges comment on the piece saying it possesses a delicate and meditative quality.

“Given the artistic statement, the work has been produced in a sensitive and appropriate manner pertinent to the contemporary experience (ie. Global pandemic) that back up the work and approach extremely well. A deceptively simple work that is very well resolved.” they said.

Carol Farmer won the Works on Paper Award with her piece ‘Intrusion’ which the judges described as an innovative and involved approach employed to document the landscape.

The Print Award winner was Francesca Mia with her artwork ‘Untitled’, which the judges said was a refreshing, enjoyable and straight forward lino cut that has succeeded with regard to what the artist set out to achieve.

Judges described Paint Award winner Andy Dolphins piece ‘Washout Woogenellup’ as an extremely well executed, atmospheric and accomplished work.

This year’s 3D award went to Merry Robertson for her piece ‘We are the Guardians’ which the judges describe as having lovely observations combined with an ambitious and interesting approach employing both drawing and printmaking techniques and abilities

The Great Southern Art Award will be on exhibition at the Albany Town Hall until May 15.

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