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Winners Announced – Waverley Art Prize

BY Waverley Council | 07-Jul-2017
The winners for the 2017 Waverley Art Prize have been announced overnight at a vibrant awards ceremony at the Waverley Woollahra Art School.
The winners for the 2017 Waverley Art Prize have been announced overnight at a vibrant awards ceremony at the Waverley Woollahra Art School.

With an annual prize pool worth $12,000, the Waverley Art Prize is open to painting, drawing and printmaking for artists 18 years and over.

This year’s prize presents 40 works selected out of 680 submissions by Judges Wendy Sharpe (artist) and Will Sturrock (Director, Michael Reid Sydney).

Mayor of Waverley, Sally Betts said many of the winning artists over the years have gone on to enjoy great artistic careers.

“At Waverley, we are very supportive of the arts and cultural community. The Waverley Art Prize is special because it has been a stepping stone for artists in Sydney and Australia.

The prizes were presented by Mayor Betts, alongside co-judges Wendy Sharpe & Will Sturrock.

We are pleased to announce this year’s winners:

The Open Prize, sponsored by Waverley Council, $6,000, acquisitive
Maz Dixon
Shangri La

The Mayor’s Prize, sponsored by Waverley Council, $2,000, acquisitive
Nicola Smith
Brussels 1982, on the settee I

The Oil Painting Prize, sponsored by Art Spectrum, $1,000 worth of oil paint, non-acquisitive
Kathryn McGovern
Nothing to see here

The Acrylic Painting Prize, sponsored by Matisse Derivan, $1,000 worth of acrylic paint, non-acquisitive
Anthony Buselli
Rock Platform Woombarra

The Drawing Prize, sponsored by Waverley Woollahra Art School, $500, non-acquisitive
Claire Primrose
Assembled landscape 3

The Printmaking Prize, sponsored by Waverley Woollahra Art School, $500, non-acquisitive
Samantha Thompson
Clarice

Co-judges Wendy Sharpe & Will Sturrock said the Open Prize was deservingly awarded to Maz Dixon for her artwork titled Shangri La. “It’s an original concept that is nostalgic and humorous.”

“The works this year are nothing short of wonderful. Nicola Smith received The Mayors Prize for her work, Brussels 1982, on the settee 1. We have great art work in the Eastern Suburbs, it’s the best place to live and visit – Waverley really has it all!” Mayor Betts said.

The winning artworks along will all finalists are now on display at the Waverley Woollahra Art School, 138 Bondi Road, Bondi. The exhibition will run from the 7 July – 16 July 2017, 10am – 5pm daily.