Artists drawn to revamp
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.