Art enjoys elevated status at awards
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.
Rose Skinner, faclitator of Gold Things.