2017 Emerging Artist Award winners announced

Media Release 22 September 2017
Emerging Artist Past Winners

Winners of the 2017 Emerging Artist Award were announced at the exhibition launch held on Thursday 21 September in the South Perth Community Hall. 

The judging panel of Mark Parfitt Course Coordinator Fine Art School of Design and Art, Curtin University; artists Judy Rogers and Jana Wallace Braddock, along with curator and artist and Neil Elliot, invested a considerable amount of time and thought into determining the prize winners for each award category. 

Now a major event in the City’s cultural calendar, City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty presented the awards to the winners in conjunction with the prize sponsors at the exhibition’s opening. 

Matt Brown received the $4,000 major prize, the City of South Perth Open Award for his sculptural work The Telepon Boxes

The judges described the work as a “playful and whimsical use of found objects” and “an interesting way to display images that invites interactivity and play”. 

In 2017, the Emerging Artist Award once again exhibits a significant number of high-quality entries, with 81 artworks on display to the public from Friday 22 September until Saturday 30 September. Sculpture, video, photography, acrylic and mixed media all feature in this year’s exhibition, the most diverse in the Award’s fifteen-year history. 

Since its inception in 2003, the Emerging Artist Award has attracted an impressive catalogue of West Australian artists and each year this grows in numbers. 

“This is the first year the City has included an award for 3D sculpture and textile works and it is without a doubt the most diverse Emerging Artist Award exhibition to date,” City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said. 

“Each year I look forward to the exhibition and the work each artist has created. With 80 extremely high-quality artworks on show this year, it’s fantastic to see the Award grow and attract such a high standard of entries. 

“The Emerging Artist Award has evolved into a recognised art prize, enjoying a growing reputation for showcasing rising talent in the Western Australian art scene.

"Through the annual award and exhibition, the City encourages upcoming generations of artists and talented art students to progress and exhibit their work and, by extension, support the local visual arts community.

"Many of the Award winners have gone on the use their skills in furthering their careers, which is indeed what this Award offers – a launching pad into the future.

“I’d like to extend thanks to our local Member John McGrath MLA and the local businesses for their support of the Awards.” 

$4,000 City of South Perth | Open Award  

Matt Brown, The Telepon Boxes 

$750 Karalee on Preston | Local Theme Award 
Wade Taylor, Foreshore- Prelude 

$750 Preston Street IGA | Youth Award 
Ali Watson, Bored 

$750 John McGrath MLA | City of South Perth Resident Award 
Robi Szalay, Sensory Release 

$750 White Frame | Painting Award 
Annie Huang, Sunshower 

$750 Liquor Barons on Angelo | Works on Paper Award 
Sam Bloor, Slide of Hand 

$750 City of South Perth | 3D Sculpture/Textiles Award 
Benjamin Bannan, Transposed (Iron) 

$500 Soco Realty | People’s Choice Award
This award will be presented to the work that receives the highest number of votes from exhibition visitors by the close of the exhibition period. Check the City’s website for the winner after the exhibition has closed. 

White Frame www.whiteframe.com.au 
Preston Street IGA www.iga.com.au

Karalee on Preston 
Liquor Barons on Angelo 
John McGrath MLA Soco Realty 

22-30 September 

Tuesday-Friday 9am - 4pm 
Saturday 10am – 3pm 
Monday 25 Sept (public holiday) 10am – 3pm 
Sunday closed 

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