More than 260 artworks on show by established and emerging West Australian artists, including those living in the City of Melville.
The 2018 exhibition marks the event’s 42nd year, providing an opportunity for artists of varied disciplines and backgrounds to participate in an open arts and cultural program and raise their profile with visitors to the event from the City and beyond.
The City has introduced a new category this year, Visions of Melville, in celebration of its 50th anniversary. This category asks artists to submit a piece that represents a local vision − a place, an activity or an identity − that is representative of the City of Melville.
City of Melville Deputy Mayor Matthew Woodall said the annual event offered the community the opportunity to explore their interest in the arts in an informal setting at the free exhibition.
“The City’s annual Art Awards exhibition makes it possible to immerse yourself inthe works of more than 260 creative minds under the one roof, from emerging artists and students to seasoned exhibitors. With such a diverse collection of works, the show has a far reaching appeal,” said Cr Woodall.
“The annual event is the jewel in the City’s cultural crown; one in a calendar of events and programs throughout the year that the City is proud to facilitate, providing opportunities for artists to share their works and our community to enjoy them.”
“Thanks to the support of our sponsors Garden City Shopping Centre, Murdoch University, St John of God Murdoch Hospital and the Fremantle Herald. Winners will receive a monetary award, in addition to the judges’ recognition, to further their artistic development.”
“Most of the artworks are available for purchase, so you may find yourself adding to your own art collection or making your first art investment.”
Artworks will cover a range of mediums including, paintings, works on paper, small sculptural works, textile and new media, and will be judged by industry professionals, who will award the total prize monies of $17,000. Judges this year are Connie Petrillo, Ron Nyisztor and Penny Bovell.
The 2018 Art Awards exhibition will be held at the City of Melville Civic Centre, 10 Almondbury Road, Booragoon, and will be open from 10.00am to 4.00pm daily, except the final Sunday, when is it closes at 2.00pm.
During the exhibition’s opening weekend, on Saturday, 8 and Sunday 9, September the City will also be holding its second Open Studios and Exhibitions Art Trail, with more than 36 studios, galleries, creative spaces and Artist Run Initiatives (ARIs) opening their doors to the public. The trail aims to showcase the many artists and creatives who operate within the City and offers the community a chance to see artists at work.