Art en­joys el­e­vated sta­tus at awards

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Victoria Park - Michele Nu­gent

PHO­TOG­RA­PHY was the win­ner at this year’s Vic­to­ria Parks Art Awards, open for pub­lic view­ing at Ed­ward Millen Home un­til Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Ac­com­plished Perth pho­tog­ra­pher Re­becca Dag­nall took out the $10,000 over­all award and much­lauded Vic­to­ria Park artist and pho­tog­ra­pher Ab­dul Ab­dul­lah re­ceived the $2000 Award for Ex­cel­lence for his self por­trait.

More than 200 en­tries were re­ceived for this year’s awards, which are rev­el­ling in their height­ened pro­file after a $10,000 do­na­tion from car mogul John Hughes. Cu­ra­tor An­drew Varano said it had helped at­tract the in­ter­est of pro­fes­sional, prac­tic­ing and es­tab­lished artists from the WA arts com­mu­nity.

Mr Varano also said the fact the prizes were nonac­quis­i­tive, mean­ing the win­ning art would re­main the artists’ prop­erty and not be­come part of the Town of Vic­to­ria Park col­lec­tion, was another rea­son why the event had re­ceived so many en­tries, in­clud­ing from artists with a higher pro­file.

Of the en­tries, 21 fi­nal­ists were short-listed for dis­play, in­clud­ing the work of stu­dent, early ca­reer and es­tab­lished artists across a range of medi­ums and tech- niques en­com­pass­ing video, pho­tog­ra­phy, sculp­ture, ceram­ics, paint­ing, so­cial prac­tice and new me­dia.

The judges – Fre­man­tle Arts Cen­tre cu­ra­tor Ric Spencer, UWA ad­junct pro­fes­sor Laeti­tia Wilson and in­de­pen­dent cu­ra­tor and Curtin Univer­sity PhD can­di­date An­drew Purvis – unan­i­mously agreed Dag­nall’s win­ning en­try Bathers fea­tured a play of light, depth of field and com­po­si­tional choices that com­bined to make a tech­ni­cally re­fined work.

They said Archibald Prize fi­nal­ist Ab­dul­lah’s en­try Sons of Sy­co­rax was an in­ge­nious com­bi­na­tion of lit­er­ary il­lu­sion and per­ti­nent po­lit­i­cal com­ment that made for a con­cep­tu­ally cap­ti­vat­ing im­age.

Popular was Golden Things, a col­lab­o­ra­tive mixed me­dia in­stal­la­tion by stu­dents of Carlisle­based Chil­dren’s School of Con­tem­po­rary Art, led by artist Rose Skin­ner.

The ‘ Art in the Park’ event show­cased sitere­spon­sive in­stal­la­tions de­signed and built by Curtin Univer­sity In­te­rior Ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dents on the Ed­ward Millen Re­serve.

Dead­line for nom­i­na­tions for the $500 popular choice award spon­sored by Vic­to­ria Park MLA Ben Wy­att is 5pm to­mor­row, with the win­ner an­nounced by Fri­day.

- Ab­dul Ab­dul­lah

Vic­to­ria Park act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive An­thony Vuleta, Ab­dul Ab­dul­lah and Mayor Trevor Vaughan.

Pic­ture:

Rose Skin­ner, fa­cli­ta­tor of Gold Things.

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