Blacktown Art Prize entries now open

Entries open: Blacktown artist Rosalind Stanley received a highly commended award in last year's Blacktown Art Prize. Picture: Blacktown Council
Entries open: Blacktown artist Rosalind Stanley received a highly commended award in last year's Blacktown Art Prize. Picture: Blacktown Council

Calling all budding Pablo Picassos.

Entries for the 2017 Blacktown City Art Prize are now open. Now in its 22nd year, the highly valued art prize give artists the chance to share in $20,000 prizemoney.

Local, regional and national artists are invited to submit entries in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media. The winner of the Blacktown City Art Prize will receive $15,000. Three supporting prizes include the Aboriginal Artist Prize ($2000), Local Artist Prize ($2000) and the People’s Choice Prize ($1000).

“The Blacktown City Art Prize has been a key cultural event for more than 20 years,” mayor Stephen Bali said.

“It showcases the breadth of artistic talent coming from the Blacktown region and beyond, and demonstrates council’s commitment to art and culture playing a major role in the life of our city.”

Last year’s categories were all won by women or predominantly female collectives. Jane Giblin was awarded the main prize for her bold watercolour and mixed-media painting.

The judges were instantly drawn to “the skill, boldness of subject and emotional power” of the winning work.

“Being the first Tasmanian recipient of the Blacktown Art Prize was most gratifying. Just to be a finalist was a great honour,” Ms Giblin said.

Blacktown artist Melissa Chapman received a highly commended and the Local Artist Prize. The judges said her 3D work demonstrated artistic skill and flair.

The annual exhibition has built a reputation for showcasing the creativity of the region and elevating the profiles and careers of the finalists.  The art prize also celebrates the creativity of local young people through an environmentally-themed Children and Young Artists Prize. This category is open to ages 5-15 who live or go to school in the Blacktown LGA.

Entries close October 10. The fee is $26 per entry with a limit of two entries per artist. Photography, film, video and installation works won’t be accepted. Finalists will be announced on October 30. Selected works will be exhibited at Blacktown Arts Centre December 2-January 27.

  • Details: blacktownarts.com.au.