Perth artist Everlyn Sturges has won the 2022 City of Belmont Art Awards $10,000 Overall Award (non-acquisitive) sponsored by the City of Belmont.
Pictured with the winning artwork is City of Belmont Deputy Mayor Cr Robert Rossi and City of Belmont Acting Chief Executive Officer Melanie Reid.
Sturges’ artwork – The Shed – captured the attention of the Award judges Wendy Martin and Sue Starcken, who described it as a “Technically adept painting that meticulously documents a familiar space that many can relate to. The iconic shed holds an enduring resonance in our culture. Long associated with hobbies and industry alike, the shed holds a vast compendium of tools and materials for inventing, making, and fixing”.
The City received a record 459 entries in this year’s awards in both 2D and 3D works, including drawings, paintings, photography, textiles, sculptures, and ceramics of which included 61 entries from City of Belmont based artists.
City of Belmont Mayor Cr Phil Marks said the Art Awards celebrated the creative talents of people in the local community, as well as in the wider arts community of Western Australia.
“The City is proud to facilitate this important cultural event which aims to be a highlight of our arts calendar,” Mayor Marks said.
“The City has been thrilled to receive such a great response to the Art Awards. More than 1300 people have come through The Glasshouse doors while the Art Exhibition has been on,” Mayor Marks said.
The City also received good support for the program of public events held in conjunction with the awards, and a very successful art collectors’ night which saw more than 200 people attend on the night.
“Congratulations to the award winners, and also to all the entrants. I know I have enjoyed viewing such a wide variety of creative talents, and I look forward to next year’s event.”
Other Award Recipients were:
- Sponsored by Belmont Forum, the winner of the Youth Award (11 to 17 years) receiving $500 voucher Milad Waley for their mixed media artwork - All the people matter.
- Sponsored by Belmont Forum, the winner of the Emerging Artist Award (18 to 25 years) receiving $500 Vandana Selvakumaran for her artwork – Constraint.
- Sponsored by City of Belmont, the winner of the City of Belmont Resident Award receiving $500 was Paul Kingsley for his artwork – Two Gums.
- Sponsored by the City of Belmont, and facilitated by Artsource, the Mentorship Prize for the successful artist receiving professional mentoring from Christophe Canato was Sky Edwards.
- Sponsored by City of Belmont Highly Commended receiving $100 Belmont Forum Gift voucher was Ziyu Xiao for - Piggy on the Mountain.
- Sponsored by City of Belmont Highly Commended receiving $200 was Jill Ansell, for her mixed media work – Prospector.
- Sponsored by the City Of Belmont Highly Commended receiving $200 was Mandy White for her painting – Bunuru
- Sponsored by the City of Belmont the Belmont Resident Award receiving $100 Highly Commended was Janice Oliver for her artwork - Shady and Edgy Laneway: Under Pressure.
The City of Belmont Art Awards are sponsored by Youth Partner Belmont Forum
, Education Partner Artsource
and Media Partner Perth Now
This year the City of Belmont worked in partnership with Artsource - WA’s peak body championing visual arts in the community - to deliver a range of educational and informative sessions in the lead up to, and alongside, the City of Belmont Art Awards.
Alongside Youth Sponsor Belmont Forum, a number of youth-focussed initiatives were also delivered including the Art Adventure Trail.
Judges Wendy Martin and Sue Starcken were pleased that the awards were openly accessible and encouraged artists of all calibres, ages, and accomplishment to participate.
For more information visit the City’s website.