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Current Exhibitions: 

Mid West Art Prize 2017

| ON SHOW 17 JUNE - 31 JULY 2017 |

The Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, with our partners, is proud to deliver one of the most prominent and valuable prizes in Western Australia. The exhibtion opened to a crowd of 500 on Friday the 16th of June by the City of Greater Geraldton Deputy Mayor, Neil Mcilwaine and the Acting Director of Exhibitions and Collections at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, James Davies. The fourth Mid West Art Prize showcases the diversity, quality and innovation of art currently being made in the state. There are no restrictions in terms of genre, medium or size, entries simply have to fit through the Gallery door!

Members of the community can view the exhibition until Monday 31 July and are encouraged to vote for their favourite entry. The community’s favourite will secure the Ian Blayney MLA Member for Geraldton People’s Choice Award, valued at $1,500, which will be announced on the 4 August. 

The Geraldton Regional Art Gallery would like to thank the sponsors of the 2017 Mid West Art Prize; the City of Greater Geraldton, Rio Tinto Midwest, RedFM, Bendigo Bank Geraldton and Ian Blayney MLA, and the judges who travelled to Geraldton to select the winners including Lee Kinsella, Dr Ric Spencer and David Doyle.


Winners and Judges Comments:

$20,000 City of Greater Geraldton Overall Award for Excellence
Sarah Mills - The Fantasy and The Flesh, 2017, Digital photograph

Sarah Mills - The Fantasy and The Flesh, 2017, Digital photograph
 
“This empowering image resonates for a long time after viewing. It is a beautifully crafted digital photograph that provides a powerful social statement”.

Image: Courtesy of the artist

Rio Tinto Aboriginal Art Award $5000 and the Bendigo Bank Mid West Artist Award $1500
Roy Merritt – Daisy Work, 2017, Wool and cotton

Roy Merritt – Daisy Work, 2017, Wool and cotton

“These colourful and celebratory works by a local artist speaks strongly of the landscape of the Midwest. Roy has reinvigorated long held skills to express country, and is pushing the boundaries of indigenous arts practice”.

Image: Graeme Gibbons Photography

Red FM Youth Award $3500
Matthew McAlpine – The colonial frame (deflating the James Stirling portrait frame), 2017, Acrylic paint and earth pigment

Matthew McAlpine – The colonial frame (deflating the James Stirling portrait frame), 2017, Acrylic paint and earth pigment
 
“A conceptually clever and intriguing take on colonialism. Matt has developed a unique constructive technique utilising paint”.

Image: Courtesy of the artist

Mid West Art Prize 2017 Judges:

Lee Kinsella

Project Coordinator
Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, The University of Western Australia

Lee has curated and managed exhibitions at Australian and national public institutions, including the Art Gallery of Western Australia, The Australian War Memorial and The National Film and Sound Archive (formerly ScreenSound Australia). She has written catalogue essays, articles and contributed to several books on Australia art, co-editing Into the Light: The Cruthers Collections of Women’s Art in 2012 and HERE&NOW13 in 2013.

Dr Ric Spencer

Curator
Fremantle Arts Centre

He has been involved in numerous art activities as a curator, writer and artist, has exhibited in Australia, Asia and the UK and had his work published in Australian, UK and American arts journals. Ric wrote art criticism for The West Australian newspaper from 2004 until 2011 and during the later years also lectured at Curtin University where he holds a Doctor of Creative Arts and is currently Adjunct Professor.

David Doyle

Executive Director
DADAA Ltd

David has been the instigator behind transformational change and sustained reinvention for DADAA over the past 22 years. He has led the organisation’s growth and embedded disability-led practise, through partnerships with national and international arts practitioners, CACD organisations and government departments. David has forged ground-breaking partnerships with the philanthropic, corporate and private sector, setting a national standard for diverse, strong private and public sector giving for art led social change.

Upcoming Exhibitions: 

People Like Us

| OPENING NIGHT 4 AUGUST 2017 | 6-8PM | ON SHOW 4 AUG - 30 SEPT 2017 |

People Like Us captures universal aspects of the contemporary human condition in film, animation, digital and interactive art. In a diverse collection of recent new media works by Australian and international practitioners, the exhibition also reveals the many experimental technologies being deployed by artists as they comment on issues confronting us in the 21st century.

A National Exhibitions Touring Support Australia exhibition developed by UNSW Galleries and toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW. The National Touring Initiative is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its principal funding body, and by the Visual Arts and Crafts Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.

Image: Angela Mesiti, Rapture (silent anthem), 2009, Single channel video, colour. 10 minutes, 10 seconds. Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Yagu Gurlbarl (Big Secret): New Works From Julie Dowling

| OPENING NIGHT 4 AUGUST 2017 | 6-8PM | ON SHOW 4 AUG - 30 SEPT 2017 | 

The Geraldton Regional Art Gallery in partnership with Yamaji Art are proud to present the latest works from renown West Australian artist Julie Dowling. Curated by Charmaine Green, Yagu Gurlbarl presents an exploration by Dowling into the compensation for stolen wages, and reparations for slavery in Indigenous communities. The exhibition will be officially opened by Dr Carol Dowling.

Since her first solo exhibition at Fremantle Arts Centre in 1995, Dowling has earned a substantial national and international reputation as an artist of extraordinary vision. Her work has been exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas, notably at Art Fair Cologne in 1997, Beyond the Pale: Contemporary Indigenous Art, 2000 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, and the RAKA AWARD: Places that name us, The Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2003.

Image: Julie Dowling, Aunty Violet, 2017. Acrylic, Red Ochre and mica gold on canvas. Courtesy of the artist