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Three exhibitions opening

Friday, 8th July, 2011

ART PRIZE: Outback Open Art Prize 2011 finalist Jade Manly with her artwork “Industrial Mecca”. ART PRIZE: Outback Open Art Prize 2011 finalist Jade Manly with her artwork “Industrial Mecca”.

The Regional Art Gallery is opening three different exhibitions tonight, including works short-listed for the annual Outback Open Art Prize.

The gallery annually invites artist to submit entries for the Outback Open Art Prize, with awards given to works which address the theme of the Australian Outback.

This year 38 works were chosen to capture a variety of styles and mediums from the traditional through to new media works.

This year’s prize includes the $15,000 first prize acquisitive, a $2,500 second prize non-acquisitive and an $800 Encouragement award non-acquisitive.

Michael Rolfe, CEO of Museums and Galleries, will judge this year’s Art Prize which is sponsored by Raylee Hart and City Council.

Twenty-two-year-old local Jade Manly’s charcoal, oil and paper on canvas artwork titled “Industrial Mecca” was one of those that made the short list.

“It’s about old buildings having historical value and becoming a part of the landscape,” she said.

Jade said she has wanted to be an artist since was a little girl and this was the first time she has been short-listed for the art prize.

“I was very excited. It is very flattering to be selected.”

A video installation of portraits from people in Broken Hill and around Australia will also screen at the Gallery.

The portraits, accompanied with short stories about the people in them, were contributed to ABC Open’s national digital photography project, Portrait of a Stranger. 

A third exhibition, three short films by Stephen Eastaugh, will also open tonight.

The films were all shot in East Antarctica in 2009 where the artist was the official Australian Antarctic Arts Fellow.

The short films, Winterover, Dumbshow and Forward in All Directions, show a little of his experience down far south on the Ice.

The exhibitions will open at 6.30pm with refreshments served. All three exhibitions will run until Sunday 21 August.


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