Diverse works on show
Friday, 27th June, 2008
Thirty-five artworks will compete for top honours in this year's prestigious Outback Art Prize.
The annual BH Regional Art Gallery competition attracted 68 entries from artists all over Australia, said the gallery's manager, Bruce Tindale.
The shortlist includes 10 local entries, said Mr Tindale.
A diversity of mediums is represented in the final selection, chosen by the Art Gallery Advisory Committee, he said.
"There are some 3-D works, a little bit of photography and the works feature traditional to fairly abstract.
"Some are small and some large, with one measuring five metres long."
The prize consists of a $7,000 and $2,500 acquisitive award with the winning works being acquired by the gallery for its permanent collection. A $500 cash encouragement award is also presented.
Entries must reflect the spirit and diversity of the outback and must constitute at least 80 per cent paper product.
Mr Tindale said the response to this year's Prize was good, even though entries were down from the 150 received last year.
He said this was a reflection of the fact that more art prizes were popping up across the country.
"There is a huge amount of competition from other art prizes and there are a lot of new ones being set up."
This year's judge will be Steven Carson, acting program director of the South Australian School of Art. The winners will be announced at the opening of the Outback Art Prize Exhibition at the gallery on July 18.
"I think the works chosen will make for an excellent exhibition," said Mr Tindale.
"It reflects the diversity of the practices of people who work in paper in art."