Blacktown resident, Jamie Eastwood, was awarded the 2019 Blacktown City Art Prize for his mixed media artwork, Blacktown Native Institution 1823-2018 Then and Now. The significant artwork about Blacktown’s history is made from acrylic paint, collage and paper ochre.
The three judges commented that the artwork deals with a timeless subject matter that has wit and humour, whilst also providing a strong relevance to community and place.
“The pride we get when we see it all come together in one work of art is encouraging; the enjoyment we get as a mob is very uplifting,” said the artist.
Highly Commended for the Blacktown City Art Prize were Tasmanian-based, Nicole O’Loughlin, for her mixed-media artwork, View of kunanyi / Mount Wellington from South Hobart Tip and Hiromi Tango for Full Moon – Sakura’s Will, another mixed-media artwork that includes light.
Annie Shin of Blacktown was awarded the Local Artist Prize for her ceramic assemblage, Habitants Emerge.
“Annie’s work demonstrates an effective balance of elements that shows great consideration of placement”, said the judges.
Highly Commended was Fozia Zahid for her painting, The show must go on… and Julie Sol Lee for Pillow Talk.
The Aboriginal Artist Prize was won by The Bankstown Koori Elders Group for Ghost Gum Dreaming, a collaborative ceramic sculpture.
The judges commented that the artwork was “technically very beautiful and delicate, whilst also displaying the individuality of the artists.’
Highly Commended was Carmel Mackie for White Cockatoo.
The judging panel – Cath Barcan, Emily McDaniel and Michelle Paterson – faced the difficult task of selecting the final artworks from 530 entries by artists from all around Australia.
“The 112 artworks selected for exhibition displayed a focus on tactility and many aimed to start conversations about important issues, giving the exhibition an educational sense this year” said the judges.
The Blacktown City Art Prize is proudly supported by Ford Land Company, WestLink M7, Blacktown Workers’ Club and Blacktown City Council’s Environmental Services.
Admission to the 2019 Blacktown City Art Prize is free. The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre is open 10 am – 5 pm Tuesday to Saturday (closed public holidays), and the exhibition is on until 25 January 2020.
Exhibition | 2019 Blacktown City Art Prize
30 November 2019 – 25 January 2020
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