Where culture and country collide
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
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.