Friday, 25 June 2021

City of Belmont 2021 Art Award Winners Announced

Perth artist Matthew Wright has won the City of Belmont Art Awards $10,000 Overall Award (acquisitive) sponsored by Perth Airport.

Wright’s artwork – Remain in Light – captured the attention of the Award judges Dr Bruce Slatter and Sharyn Egan, who described it as a “sophisticated and layered image that cleverly uses paint and mark making to express the joy of ordinariness of suburban existence”.

The City received 331 entries in this year’s awards which were open to all mediums which included 70 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 of Belmont also received good support for the program of events held in conjunction with the awards which included drawing and pottery workshops, a public art walking tour, and a very successful art collectors’ 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 a $500 voucher was Surya Hanaf for their artwork - Portrait of a man with closed eyes.
  • Sponsored by Belmont Forum, the winner of the Emerging Artist Award (18 to 25 years) receiving $500 was Sophie Nixon for her artwork - Pattern Making, Making Patterns.
  • Sponsored by CraigCare, the winner of the City of Belmont Resident Award receiving $500 was Kate Webb for her artwork - It’s softer as I start to sink.
  • Sponsored by the City of Belmont, the Popular Choice Award receiving $500 was Debbie Banks for her artwork - Out of the Shadows.
The City of Belmont Art Awards are sponsored by Perth Airport, Belmont Forum, Community News and CraigCare.

Dr Slatter said the exhibition was a fantastic showcase of artists and creative practioners from the City of Belmont and across Perth and Western Australia.

“It is clear that the art awards have attracted a great deal of interest from artists and that it fulfils a definite need in the art community,” Dr Slatter said.

“It was a pleasure to see the youth categories being represented in relation to emerging and professional artists,” he said.

“As a Belmont local I am extremely supportive of the Art Awards and am proud that my local council is committed to nurturing such an important event.”

More information about the Art Awards is available on the City's Art Awards webpage.
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