Artists drawn to re­vamp

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Victoria Park East Victoria Park - Rachel Watts

THE Town of Vic­to­ria Park’s new im­proved Art Awards has had such an en­thu­si­as­tic re­sponse that far too many en­tries have been re­ceived to put on dis­play.

Town com­mu­nity life di­rec­tor Tina Ack­er­man said a new for­mat with a $10,000 prize, a cu­ra­to­rial se­lec­tion process and fewer award cat­e­gories had in­spired triple the num­ber of en­tries com­pared to last year.

With nearly 200 artists hop­ing for one of three prizes, the com­pe­ti­tion is tough and there has been some crit­i­cism that only 21 art­works will ac­tu­ally be dis- played in the ul­ti­mate ex­hi­bi­tion.

Ms Ack­er­man said this was be­cause the high cal­i­bre of art­work en­tered called for an in­creased cu­ra­to­rial re­sponse aligned with na­tional stan­dards for Aus­tralian mu­se­ums and gal­leries.

“This re­quires a re­spect­ful dis­play of each art­work with con­sid­er­a­tion given to space (not clut­tered), light­ing, po­si­tion­ing and place­ment within the build­ing,” she said.

How­ever, the Town re­mained com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing the arts at grass­roots with Ed­ward Millen Home fea­tur­ing Golden Things, a col­lab­o­ra­tive mixed me­dia in­stal­la­tion by the Chil­dren’s School of Con­tem­po­rary Art and Art in the Park, which is 11 site-re­spon­sive in­stal­la­tions de­signed and con­structed by Curtin Univer­sity in­te­rior ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dents.

“There has been an over­whelm­ing na­tional re­sponse of support, in­trigue and in­ter­est in the 2014 Vic­to­ria Park Art Awards,” Ms Ack­er­man said.

“Some crit­i­cism has been raised about the new for­mat which is un­der­stand­able and ex­pected when changes are made to the sta­tus quo.

“The Town sup­ports Western Aus­tralian art and artists through an on­go­ing an­nual arts pro­gram, and the Vic­to­ria Park Art Awards is only one com­po­nent of that pro­gram.”

She said tes­ti­mony to the suc­cess of this new ap­proach was that a host of lead­ing West Aus­tralian artists with in­ter­na­tional reputations had ex­pressed an in­ter­est in the award as well as stu­dents and emerg­ing artists.

There will also be an ad­di­tional $2000 award for ex­cel­lence and a $500 popular choice award.

The judg­ing panel will com­prise of three art in­dus­try ex­perts. The win­ners will be an­nounced at a VIP launch event on, Septem­ber 20.

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