Where cul­ture and coun­try col­lide

Dubbo Photo News - - News - By NATALIE HOLMES

THE west­ern re­gion’s ver­sion of the fa­mous Archibald Prize re­ceived a makeover this year, with new prizes, cat­e­gories and a re­vised re­gion. The Out­back Archies, now in its sev­enth year, at­tracted in­ter­est from Moree to Bro­ken Hill.

Out­back Arts com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer El­iza Wal­ters said there were 140 art­works en­tered across the four cat­e­gories of Open Art, Pho­tog­ra­phy, Ce­ram­ics and Sculp­ture, all ex­plor­ing the theme of ‘Leg­ends and Land­scapes’.

“This pop­u­lar ex­hi­bi­tion and art prize is all about cel­e­brat­ing the colour, cre­ativ­ity and spirit of our com­mu­ni­ties across the Far West,” El­iza ex­plained.

Judges An­thony Brink, Adam Porter and Amanda Col­well were very pleased with the stan­dard of sub­mis­sions.

“The feed­back was very pos­i­tive and they were all ex­tremely im­pressed with the qual­ity of works and level of in­ge­nu­ity.”

As well as a cash prize, the win­ning artist of each cat­e­gory also re­ceived an ex­hi­bi­tion with a Sydney-based gallery.

“Camp­bell­town Arts Cen­tre, Stu­dio MV, Ker­rie Lowe Gallery and Lane Cove Gallery all jumped on board to of­fer our re­gional artists the op­por­tu­nity to ex­tend their prac­tice and pro­file.”

El­iza also pointed out that it was great to be able to rec­og­nize the role of re­gional artists and the place they have in the cul­tural fab­ric along­side their city coun­ter­parts.

“The Out­back Archies is im­por­tant be­cause it cel­e­brates artists who live where we live, in the coun­try, where it’s tough to make a liv­ing, but a beau­ti­ful place to live.”

The Out­back Archies are hosted an­nu­ally at the Out­back Arts Gallery in Coon­am­ble.

Prizewin­ners: Open Art win­ner:

The Shearer by James Kearns of Moree

Sec­ond: Shaped by Place No 2 by Lisa Wheeler of Coon­am­ble

Pho­tog­ra­phy win­ner: Along the Way by Viki Mur­ray of Light­ning Ridge

Sec­ond: Drov­ing Along the Castlereagh by Mardi Re­mond of Wal­gett

Sculp­ture win­ner:

En­dur­ing River by Dianne Craig from Went­worth Sec­ond: Boobeng, Emu Caller by Cindy Brown Schuler of Light­ning Ridge Cindy was also awarded the cov­eted Most Out­stand­ing In­dige­nous Artist prize.

Ce­ram­ics (new cat­e­gory) win­ner:

Roadmap by Anna Kaineder from Coon­am­ble

Sec­ond: Golden Neck by Prue Cullen of Coon­am­ble

Con­tribut­ing pho­tog­ra­pher Peter Wood­ward cap­tured the yawn of a hippo at Taronga West­ern Plains Zoo re­cently. A hippo mouth can be up to 1.2 me­tres across. That’s a lot of den­tal floss!

The Out­back Archies, now in its sev­enth year, at­tracted in­ter­est from Moree to Bro­ken Hill. PHOTO: SUP­PLIED.

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