2018 Emerging Artist Award winners announced

Media Release 21 September 2018
Emerging Artist Past Winners

Winners of the City of South Perth’s 2018 Emerging Artist Award were announced at the Exhibition launch held on Thursday 20 September in the South Perth Community Hall. The Exhibition is open to the public from Friday 21 September until Saturday 29 September.

The judging panel comprising Charlotte Hickson, Exhibitions Manager at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts; Ron Nyisztor, Director of Nyisztor Studios; and Barbara Cotter, Collection Manager of the Curtin University Art Collection all dedicated considerable time and expertise in selecting the prize winners for each award category. 

The Exhibition is a major event in the City’s cultural calendar and is now in its 16th year.

City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty presented the awards to the winners alongside the prize sponsors at the Exhibition’s opening. 

Annette Peterson received the $4,000 major prize, the City of South Perth Open Award for her painting titled Glad I Didn’t Walk. The judges described the work as having a ‘plein air’ feel; not overworked; and fresh as it captures the moment of being in the elements with great light and use of colour.

In 2018 the Emerging Artist Award has once again attracted a significant number of high-quality entries.  From the 187 entries received, 86 pieces were selected by the judges for the Exhibition.  This included 27 pieces within the youth category open to artists up to 25 years of age. 

City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said the quality of artworks was again outstanding, with a wonderful diversity of mediums from 3D sculpture, painting and photography, to textile works being exhibited.

“It’s fantastic to see the event continue to grow and attract such a high standard of entries,” Sue said.  

This year the City added two new award categories to the Exhibition; the Curtin University – Aboriginal Artist Award, and WA Natural Resource Management Program – Photography Award. This increased the prize categories to nine, plus the People’s Choice Award, offering local artists the chance to share in $11,000 worth of prizes.

Throughout the Exhibition week, the City has also organised a series of free events for the community. 

“We’re inviting people to come along to the Exhibition at the South Perth Community Hall and also enjoy one of the many pop-up events the City has organised,” Sue said.

“There will also be a free cheese and wine tasting evening; a seniors’ afternoon tea; and food trucks with live music for all to enjoy.”

Further Exhibition and event details can be found on the City of South Perth’s Events page 

Award Category winners

City of South Perth | Open Award 
Annette Peterson, Glad I Didn’t Walk 

Karalee on Preston | Local Theme Award 
Rozanna Johnson, Remnant

Preston Street IGA | Youth Award 
Flynn Mallard, Yawarda Nyumbi (Kangaroo Dance) 

John McGrath MLA | City of South Perth Resident Award 
Clara Tai, Glory

White Frame | Painting Award 
Kym Cranswick, Gothic Still-Life

Liquor Barons on Angelo | Works on Paper Award 
Benjamin Bannan, Dodd Street Cottage

Curtin University | 3D Sculpture/Textiles Award 
Rudolf Kaytar, Recycle-Reduce-Reuse 

Curtin University | Aboriginal Artist Award
Colin Bradley Riley, Dilert

WA Natural Resource Management Program | Photography Award
Neil Wallace, Transition 

Soco Realty | People’s Choice Award
Chris Goldberg, Mixed Bag 

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