More than 160 individual entries were received across nine official categories including, for the first time, photography.
It was the third consecutive Wheatbelt Art Prize that Arc Infrastructure has supported, continuing the company’s long association with the bi-annual event that has become a permanent fixture in the region.
As the major sponsor for the event, Arc Infrastructure was honoured to present the grand prize of $5,000 to the overall winner – an outstanding iron sculpture by Peter Forbes and students titled Corvus Coronoide the Widow.
This year’s winners included:
- Young Artist Award – The Colour of Sound by Cassidy Smith
- Photography Open Theme Category – Smoke gets in your Eyes by Lynley Arnott
- Photography Collgar Wind Farm Theme Category – Powering Ahead by Kate Caughey
- Iron Man Sculpture – Corvus Coronoide the Widow by Peter Forbes & students
- Oil Media Category – Ruby 1 by De Passey
- Mixed Media/Print Making/2D, 3D Object Art/Textiles/Wearable Art Category – Fridge Light by Duncan Trueman
- Water Based Category – Pink Carpet by Val Curtis
- Dry Category – Kitchen Bounty by Lee Snibson
Arc Infrastructure Services Supervisor, Merredin resident, and fellow artist Jurgens Doman said the calibre of entries was truly outstanding and showed the rich vein of artistic talent within the region.
“The standard across the board this year was exceptional and as with previous years it is always amazing to see the unique colours, themes and aspects of our unique landscape in the Wheatbelt interpreted differently by each artist,” Mr Doman said.
Merredin’s historic Cummins Theatre provided a stunning backdrop for the artwork and prize announcement which occurred on Friday 3 November with all works exhibited over the following weekend.
Member for Central Wheatbelt Mia Davies MLA said the Prize has grown from strength to strength in recent years.
“Our region’s culture and the arts scene is thriving and the Wheatbelt Art Prize is a fantastic opportunity for showcasing some of our most talented artists’ works. We’ve experienced increasing entry numbers, newly emerging prize categories and great sponsorship support.”
“I also acknowledge the very important sponsorship support received, without which this fantastic event would not go ahead.” Ms Davies said.
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