The winners of the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder 2019 Art Prize were announced at an Awards evening at the Goldfields Arts Centre on Friday night.
Two out of three of the major award winners in this year’s Art Prize are local artists, with a further six local artists taking out the remaining eight category awards.
The winners of the categories are as follows: City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Best Overall Award
Best Artwork by a Kalgoorlie-Boulder Artist
- In My Mothers Eyes by Pepi-Joy Gilgen (Kalgoorlie)
First Nations Art Award
- Australia by Jarrad Price (Kalgoorlie)
Emerging Artist Award
- Wandjina by Leah Umbagai (Derby)
Emerging Young Artist Award (two winners)
- Department of Invasion by Matthew McAlpine (Perth)
- Night Sky by Morgan Sarich (Kalgoorlie)
Best Painting Award
- A Place to Call Home by Ishuranny Bin Maarus (Coolgardie)
Best Sculpture Award
- Welcome Home to Mother by Tanya Jacelav (Perth)
Best Upcycled Award
- Ellie by Glenda Kent (South Australia)
Best Photography Award
- Hard Drive HOME Down Hunder by John Scott (Kalgoorlie)
Best Jewellery Award
- Unheimlich by Melissa Drummond (Kalgoorlie)
- The Sewing Room - Kimono #1 by Betty KcKeough (Kalgoorlie)
- 2 Pink Seals in Scuba Gear by Jason Timu (Kalgoorlie)
The three major award recipients received one-off customised trophies created by last year’s Best Sculpture Award winner Alistair Taylor, commissioned by the City on the theme of A Place to Call Home
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO John Walker said the exhibition showcased a diverse array of work and showed many unique and insightful interpretations on the theme of ‘a place to call home.
“I think there are lots of exciting talking points in this year’s exhibition, and the City is continuing to support and develop the growth of local artists through the award, and providing a platform for the region to showcase their artwork and develop their skills” he said.
In their statement on the winning piece, judges Ron Bradfield Jnr, Erin Coates and Bo Wong unanimously agreed it was a “stand out” work and overall winner.
“The large 2D wall work In My Mother’s Eyes
was unanimously agreed upon by all three judges as the stand out work and overall winner. This work responds to the theme of ‘Home’ by creating an object strongly associated with families - known to be passed on through matrilineal lines. The work is highly resolved and technically accomplished, showing mastery over the medium and presenting a thought-provoking and visually strong artwork”.
The $1,000 People’s Choice Award will be determined by public vote and announced before the final weekend of the exhibition.
The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Art Prize is on seven days a week at the Goldfields Arts Centre from Saturday 21 September until Sunday 20 October, 2019.
Art Prize will be open from 9am to 5pm on week days and from 10am to 3pm on weekends.