Let’s hear it for top cit­i­zens

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ONE of WA’s most unique art ex­hi­bi­tions is set to open to the pub­lic for the first time.

The John Curtin Gallery is host­ing the John Stringer Prize col­lec­tion un­til Oc­to­ber 7, with this year’s ex­hi­bi­tion mark­ing the first time the pub­lic will get to see the en­tries.

The ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures work solely from six West Aus­tralian con­tem­po­rary artists who are fi­nal­ists for this year’s prize.

One such artist is Tom Free­man, who is dis­play­ing a se­ries of sculp­tures he cre­ated over the past five years.

He said the sculp­tures were de­signed to cap­ture mo­ments of his life.

“A big part of my art prac­tice is around the time I’ve got to do it, fit­ting that in around work and life; the work which comes out of it is a bit re­flec­tive of that,” Free­man said.

“Some­times I’ll have more time and be a lot more con­sid­ered and thought­ful with the work I’m mak­ing, other times I’ve got mo­ments I want to do some cre­ative thing re­ally fast and slap it all to­gether, so it’s re­flec­tive of what’s go­ing on at the time.”

Free­man said he had al­ways been drawn to the play­ful­ness and cre­ativ­ity of sculpt­ing.

“I al­ways liked play­ing around with ma­te­ri­als as a kid and grow­ing up, it’s some­thing I’ve done as an artist as well,” he said.

“It’s re­ally just a sense of play and a sense of ex­plo­ration through all dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als.” FROM the Gover­nor down, West Aus­tralians have been en­cour­aged to nom­i­nate hard-work­ing com­mu­nity mem­bers for the Com­mu­nity Ci­ti­zen of the Year awards.

Lor­raine Oldridge founded El­len­brook and Oldridge Com­mu­nity Meal Kitchen in 2017 to serve free meals to peo­ple do­ing it tough in her area.

The group’s growth – sadly, by ne­ces­sity – con­tin­ues to as­tound her.

As did the City of Swan's de­ci­sion to honour the group with its ac­tive cit­i­zen­ship award on Aus­tralia Day ear­lier this year.

“I didn’t ex­pect it. But you wear that badge proudly and it re­in­forces that what you do is im­por­tant in the com­mu­nity,” she said.

She called on peo­ple to con­sider nom­i­nat­ing a po­ten­tial Com­mu­nity Ci­ti­zen of the Year.

“Any­one who works hard in the com­mu­nity can get a real kick out of (win­ning) it to do even more,” she said.

Most lo­cal coun­cils across WA are in­volved in the pro­gram, which is over­seen by Aus­pire, the Aus­tralia Day Coun­cil of WA.

WA Gover­nor Kim Bea­z­ley is the pa­tron.

Awards for ci­ti­zen of the year, as well as recog­ni­tion of a young ci­ti­zen, se­nior and a group or event, are pre­sented at lo­cal Aus­tralia Day func­tions.

The honour is de­signed to re­ward and recog­nise peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions that have made a no­table con­tri­bu­tion or given out­stand­ing ser­vice over a num­ber of years.

To nom­i­nate, visit www.cit­i­zen­shipawards. com.au be­fore Oc­to­ber 31.

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