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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. Opened on Friday the 16th of June by The Acting Director of Exhibitions and Collections at The Art Gallery of Western Australia James Davies, the fifth Mid West Art Prize showcases showcases the diversity, quality and innovation of art currently being made in the state. There are no restrictions in terms of art style, medium or size, entries simply have to fit through our Gallery door!

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.

Previous Mid West Art Prize results:

Mid West Art Prize 2015

Mid West Art Prize 2013

Mid West Art Prize 2012

Mid West Art Prize 2011

The Mid West Art Prize is made possible by the following sponsors: