Art awards take home as a theme

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Shaun Wigley with his win­ning three-di­men­sional art­work "Junk Sail".

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