More than 100 people including key art leaders from across Western Australia turned up to hear the Minnawarra Art Awards 2017 winners announced last week.
The exhibition held in the iconic Armadale District Hall was professionally curated by the nationally recognised curator Robert Buratti, who praised all the exhibiting artists for creating works of the highest quality.
Judges included Dr Darren Jorgensen, Senior Lecturer at University of Western Australia and established artists Abdul-Rahman Abdullah and Alex Maciver.
Mayor Henry Zelones OAM, JP acknowledged and thanked all exhibiting artists for their diverse art works across a wide variety of subjects, materials and mediums.
“The Armadale region is establishing a reputation for its very creative and mature arts community and all visitors to the exhibition will revel in this visual feast of the talent we are surrounded by,” he said.
“This year we are exhibiting 60 artists with more than 25 percent residing within our local and neighbouring communities as well as some established artists from around the country.
As part of the City’s continued commitment to support the local arts community, the evening was the opening event for the launch of the Armadale Arts Festival.
The festival with a creative program of live music, urban art, dance, literature and arts and crafts will run over 17 days, with 42 events at 15 venues throughout the City showcasing a wide range of talent from this region.
The Minnawarra Art Awards, sponsored by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and Stockland, are open to the public every day between 11am – 4pm until Sunday 7 May. The exhibition is free to enter and all artworks are for sale.
The Art Award winners took out a total prize pool of $17,000.
- Artwork Name and Artist
- Gerry Gauntlett Award ($5000)
- The Discovering 2
Ruth de Vos
- Highly Commended Award ($1000)
- Isabel La Catolica
- Local Artist Award ($1000)
- Lost Wor(l)ds
- MRA Acquisitive Award ($5000)
Carly Le Cerf
- Stockland Sculpture Award ($5000)
- Quidalup III