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Mid West Art Prize 2013:

Open to artists throughout Western Australia, the third annual Mid West Art Prize Exhibition opened at the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery on Saturday 2nd March 2013. The support received from the City of Greater Geraldton, along with our other greatly appreciated sponsors, have once again allowed the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery to present this significant cultural event with a prize pool of $45000 in non-acquisitive awards.

Our Judges

Dr Stefano Carboni

Director of Art Gallery of Western Australia
Stefano Carboni was appointed the 11th Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia starting in October 2008. Previously he was Curator and Administrator in the Department of Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Visiting Professor at the BardGraduateCenterin New York. He joined the curatorial staff at the Metropolitan Museum in 1992 after completing his graduate studies in Arabic and in Islamic Art at the Universityof Venice and his PhD in Islamic Art at the University of London. At the Metropolitan Museum he has been responsible for a large number of exhibitions, including the recent acclaimed Venice and the Islamic World, 828-1797 (2006-2007).


Amy Barrett-Lennard

Director Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA)
Amy Barrett-Lennard was born in Perth and obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Art History major) from the University of Western Australia in 1991. She then completed a Graduate Diploma in Post-war and Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute in London in 1994.

Amy has been Director of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) since April 2006. She has previously held positions as: Director of the Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2000–2006); Curator of the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria (2000); Curator of the Goldfields Arts Centre Gallery, Kalgoorlie- Boulder, Western Australia (1996–2000); and Manager of the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (1995).


Carly Davenport

Freelance Curator, Project Manager, Producer
Carly has worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and the creative industries since 1996, contributing to and leading educational initiatives at FORM, the National Museum of Australia, Munupi Arts (Tiwi Islands), the Melbourne Museum, RMIT Centre for Design and the National Gallery of Australia. She is currently A/Senior Policy Officer, Young People, Arts and Education at the Department of Culture and the Arts, Director of InterMedia Productions and a student at UWA’s School of Business – Social Impact: Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Our Winners

$20,000 City of Greater Geraldton Award for Excellence

Artist: Mark Nodea
Artwork: Texas Country
Judges Comments:
This work clearly speaks of the great tradition of the Warmun Art Centre and Artists of the east Kimberley, yet building on this, Mark’s work reveals its own strong cultural and aesthetic narrative. His connection to family and country is evident – and is testament to his personal knowledge of walking in two worlds of traditional and contemporary life.  His use of rich ochre and golden sand adds a powerful luminosity.

$5,000 Minerals and Metals Group Highly Commended:

Artist: Danii Andree
Artwork: A Plied Way
Judges Comments: Through a highly innovative and sophisticated use of textiles, this work possesses a surprising architectural physicality. Each segment is cohesively balanced, adding visual impact to the work’s overall statement. The experience of viewing it, from near and further away, draws out different lights, perspectives and senses of perception. It is a strong and daring work.

$5,000 Geraldton Regional Art Gallery Mid West Aboriginal Award

Artist: Bruce Bradfield
Artwork: Untitled
Judges Comments:
An intriguing depiction of a ‘built-form landscape’ which has a kind of archeological feel, portraying a sense of the ruins lying beneath a modern city. The etching’s technical application has great elegance and its over-layered textures are beautifully controlled and produced.

$5,000 Geraldton Regional Art Gallery Mid West Award:

Artist: Matthew Mouchemore
Artwork: Planet of Light
Judges Comments:
Evocative and atmospheric, this work has excellent technical complexity and consideration, especially in the way in which the artist manages and controls light, which starkly contrasts with the movement of shadows in nature. The overall supernatural effect creates a sense of otherworldliness.

$5,000 Eastman Poletti Sherwood Mid West Award:

Artist: Amanda Rowland
Artwork: Port a Pret
Judges Comments: 
This sophisticated photographic suite provides terrific local and social commentary.  The electric jolt of the models’ fashion bounces out of the monochromatic, industrial landscape which cleverly transitions from day to night. It shows a great sense of collaboration for all involved and fun in the making. 

$3,500 96.5WAFM Youth Award:

Artist: Emma Itzstein
Medicating for my CMY Personality Disorder
Judges Comments:
The two parts of this mixed media diptych complement each other in Andy Warhol-esque fashion. The layers are visually striking from multiple vantage points and the work has great playfulness in its presentation, colour and form. A deeper emotional expression is revealed through the title adding another layer which reinforces the works’ design. 

$1,500 People’s Choice Award sponsored by Grant Woodhams

Artist: Andy Quilty
Australia Day (portrait of Jimblah)

Our Sponsors

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