Dampier Art Awards keep on growing

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Louise Alling­ham

Dampier artists and art lovers made their way to the Com­mu­nity Hall last Fri­day night for the open­ing of the sixth an­nual Dampier Art Awards.

More than 80 works of art from emerg­ing and pro­fes­sional City of Kar­ratha artists were dis­played at the ex­hi­bi­tion run by the Dampier Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion.

DCA vice-pres­i­dent Sharon Ver­ti­gan said the awards were big­ger and bet­ter each year.

“As well as at­tract­ing some very ex­pe­ri­enced en­trants, the Dampier Art Awards are a great jump­ing off point for artists who have never ex­hib­ited or sold their work be­fore as we re­ally do en­cour­age and wel­come all-com­ers,” she said.

“We have a very strong arts cul­ture in this re­gion as ev­i­denced by the qual­ity of en­tries we see year in, year out.”

Win­ners and highly com­mended artists were named in six cat­e­gories in­clud­ing por­trait, Pil­bara land­scape, ab­stract, 3-D/re­cy­cled art, the youth cat­e­gory for 14 to 18year-olds and the “An­cient Land and Chang­ing Town” themed cat­e­gory.

Diane Camp­bell took out the themed award.

Tanya Mont­gomery, Amanda Saun­ders, Pet­rina Sladen and Shaun Wigley were also named win­ners.

Rachel Can­ning and Em­manuella Reid, both 16, were named joint win­ners of the youth award.

The awards were judged by Kar­ratha-based artist Car­rie McDow­ell.

McDow­ell’s work fo­cuses on ma­te­ri­al­ity and is made from ma­te­ri­als sourced from the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and sur­round­ings.

She ex­plores var­i­ous medi­ums and gen­res and has worked with in­dige­nous artists from Cheed­itha and Ngur­rawaana com­mu­ni­ties, help­ing them cre­ate art­works in medi­ums other than paint­ing and bring in a sus­tain­able in­come with their art.

Af­ter the for­mal­i­ties, artists, spon­sors and com­mu­nity mem­bers cel­e­brated the win­ners and farewelled the DCA’s com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Jan Virgo, who left her po­si­tion at the as­so­ci­a­tion last week.

The Dampier Art Awards ex­hi­bi­tion closed yes­ter­day and had al­most 300 peo­ple come through the door.

Ex­hi­bi­tion vis­i­tors were able to vote for their favourite piece for the Peo­ple’s Choice Award, which will be an­nounced later this week.

Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

Win­ners and those highly com­mended, with judge Car­rie McDow­ell (fourth from left).

Pic­tures: Louise Alling­ham

Toni Salmon and Car­rie McDow­ell.

Anee­sha D’Souza, Pet­rina Sladen, Tanya Mont­gomery and Paul Mont­gomery.

Shaun Wigley and John Lally.

Jen Louth, Suzanne Higgins and Laura Wood.

Amanda Saun­ders and Bill Palmer.

Owen Fisher and David Drech­sler.

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