Blacktown Arts are thrilled to announce that the Blacktown City Art Prize exhibition will open the 2023 summer program at The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre.
The Blacktown City Art Prize is a much loved, open-themed art prize and exhibition.
The exhibition showcases the work of the 72 finalists, including a significant number of First Nations (15%) and local artists (22%).
The works span a range of styles and media including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, and photo and mixed-media. A number of submissions reflect a growing sense of hope, resilience and positivity.
The independent judging panel commented that diverse and versatile styles were reflected amongst the selected finalists’ work which included a mix of emerging and established artists.
This year, Blacktown Arts received 514 entries from over 400 artists across Australia.
Alongside the Art Prize, Blacktown Arts will also be showcasing artworks from the Young Artist Prize. Kids and young people aged 3-14 years from Blacktown City are encouraged to create an artwork in response to the theme of Caring for Waterways, to be submitted at The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre on 2 and 3 December.
Awards for the Main Prize, Aboriginal Artist Prize and Local Artist Prize will be announced on Saturday 21 January 2023.
Visitors can vote for their favourite artwork in the People’s Choice Prize. The winner will be announced within the last week of the exhibition.
The Blacktown City Art Prize exhibition is open to the public from Tuesday 10 January to Friday 17 February 2023.
Entry is free and all are welcome.
See the full list of 2022/23 Blacktown City Art Prize finalists below.
Not from Here
Postcards from my Psychological Journey
Tyagarah Creek Quilt
The Chess Game
Isabel and Lina Buck
Still Life #1, 2 and 4
PARRAMATTA ESSENCE X 2022
Guwing Burragula Ngurrawa (Sunset on Country)
Historys True Past. (How the Warragamba Dam was Made)
Ewa – The Healer
Bouquet for Hazel
Up, Close and Personal
You Yangs 1984/2022
Matthew Hall Fong
Self Portrait from Life
The Great Barrier Reef
Dinawan Ngarraarry – Emu Hunt
The Colony on Show
The Last Gasp
Shimmering Love on the Seabed
Hyun Hee Lee
Back of Addison
Red Tailed Black Cockatoo
She was in the Dream Test
Study of a Chinese Freemason’s Lantern
There Is No Doubt – This Is A Womxn’s World
Rear view road trip to 70 mile Llarnath Queensland
Metal Jug and Gum Leaves
Jian Hua Qian
Sightlines, The Blacktown Native Institution site. Standing here, it’s placeless, I felt erasure, ignorance (my own), indifference.
Heading down to Ktown
Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria
Ramesh and the Guardian
The Town That Time Forgot
Scribing Tools III
Why does a horizon exist?
Village Wedding Celebration
Dig Two Graves
Self/Portrait: Being Father
Bankstown Koori Elders Group
Lines between the Stories
I’m a real boy
GOD IS. I AM.
Image: Joanna Cole, Post (detail), 2021