The 2018 City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Art Prize will head in an exciting new direction, with a new venue and a significant increase in prize money for the overall winner.
To be held for the first time at the Goldfields Arts Centre, the 2018 Art Prize will also be an acquisitive prize, which means the winning entry will be kept by City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, and other winning artists will be offered exciting collaborative opportunities and commissions by the City.
This will include opportunities for identified sculptural artists to be commissioned to provide a public art piece for the Goldfields Arts Centre forecourt, and the winning First Nations Artist and identified street or abstract artists being commissioned to assist with urban design elements of the Kalgoorlie City Centre Transformation project.
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO John Walker said each year there would be one central theme for all entries, which this year would be ‘gold’, and artists would automatically be entered into categories including Goldfields Artist, Emerging Artist 12-18 years, Emerging Artist 19-25 years, and First Nations Artist. All of the entries will be eligible for the People’s Choice Award.
“The restructure of the event has taken into consideration how we can integrate elements of best practice into the event, as well as measuring the success of the exhibition by quality, not quantity, of the entries,” he said.
“Whilst the total prize pool of $35,000 will remain the same, the Overall Winner will now receive a prize of $20,000 and be invited to display a full exhibition of their works in the Goldfields Arts Centre Gallery.
“To help improve the standard of entries, the City is also partnering with local artists and arts businesses to support capacity building workshops for artists in the lead up to the exhibition, which will provide some exciting opportunities for local artists.
“It’s really important that we look at ways that the City can value the artists beyond prize money, and provide paid opportunities for commissioned work around Kalgoorlie-Boulder. This is how we can continue to develop and grow the capacity of our local artists, and ensure our local arts scene is sustainable.”
Entries open 12pm on Monday, 02 July 2018 and close on 4pm Friday, 10 August 2018.