Let’s hear it for top citizens
ONE of WA’s most unique art exhibitions is set to open to the public for the first time.
The John Curtin Gallery is hosting the John Stringer Prize collection until October 7, with this year’s exhibition marking the first time the public will get to see the entries.
The exhibition features work solely from six West Australian contemporary artists who are finalists for this year’s prize.
One such artist is Tom Freeman, who is displaying a series of sculptures he created over the past five years.
He said the sculptures were designed to capture moments of his life.
“A big part of my art practice is around the time I’ve got to do it, fitting that in around work and life; the work which comes out of it is a bit reflective of that,” Freeman said.
“Sometimes I’ll have more time and be a lot more considered and thoughtful with the work I’m making, other times I’ve got moments I want to do some creative thing really fast and slap it all together, so it’s reflective of what’s going on at the time.”
Freeman said he had always been drawn to the playfulness and creativity of sculpting.
“I always liked playing around with materials as a kid and growing up, it’s something I’ve done as an artist as well,” he said.
“It’s really just a sense of play and a sense of exploration through all different materials.” FROM the Governor down, West Australians have been encouraged to nominate hard-working community members for the Community Citizen of the Year awards.
Lorraine Oldridge founded Ellenbrook and Oldridge Community Meal Kitchen in 2017 to serve free meals to people doing it tough in her area.
The group’s growth – sadly, by necessity – continues to astound her.
As did the City of Swan's decision to honour the group with its active citizenship award on Australia Day earlier this year.
“I didn’t expect it. But you wear that badge proudly and it reinforces that what you do is important in the community,” she said.
She called on people to consider nominating a potential Community Citizen of the Year.
“Anyone who works hard in the community can get a real kick out of (winning) it to do even more,” she said.
Most local councils across WA are involved in the program, which is overseen by Auspire, the Australia Day Council of WA.
WA Governor Kim Beazley is the patron.
Awards for citizen of the year, as well as recognition of a young citizen, senior and a group or event, are presented at local Australia Day functions.
The honour is designed to reward and recognise people and organisations that have made a notable contribution or given outstanding service over a number of years.
To nominate, visit www.citizenshipawards. com.au before October 31.