Art awards take home as a theme
The Dampier Art Awards returned with a bigger, better exhibition than ever last Friday.
The newly refurbished Dampier Community Hall housed 84 entries by City of Karratha residents.
The number of entries was almost double that of last year and organisers had to turn some away.
Organiser Georgia Evans said she was “blown away” by the quality of artworks, especially with how well artists had connected with the exhibition’s theme, Home is Where the Heart Is. “It’s been a pretty rough old twelve months in the Pilbara with lots of redundancies, and we’ve seen a lot of families leave as well as new families move to town,” she said.
“So we thought Home is Where the Heart Is was a theme that might connect with people about Dampier and the broader Pilbara area.”
Eleanor Killen won the popular themed award with her drawing of a hermit crab, Shelter, symbolising how the people who moved to the area brought their homes with them. Dampier local Shaun Wigley won the three-dimensional art category with his first ever piece, an intricate junk-art sculpture inspired by his love of fishing.
Art teacher Tanya Montgomery was awarded best landscape work, Dirette Saunders won the portrait category with her dog painting By My Side, Peter Hoisan was the abstract art winner, and Daniel Lane took out the competitive 16-18 year-olds’ youth category.
The exhibition ran from Saturday until yesterday.
The remaining People’s Choice Award will be announced this week.
Shaun Wigley with his winning three-dimensional artwork "Junk Sail".