2013 Flanagan Art Prize
Around 90 artists from throughout Australia have been named as finalists in the sixth annual St Patrick’s College Flanagan Art Prize which will be launched on August 23. Thanks to the support of major sponsors, $7000 in prize money is available for the winning pieces. The main prize of $5000, proudly donated by Viatek, will once again be awarded to the overall winner of the Flanagan Art Prize, which will be determined by our chief judge on the opening gala night on Friday, August 23. The University of Ballarat has again sponsored the Emerging Artist prize, which carries a winner’s cheque of $1500, while Lifestyle Ballarat is again supporting the $500 prize for the Best Affordable Art piece. 2013 exhibition co-ordinator, Fran Deutsher, said she was excited by the range of artistic talent which would be on display at this year’s exhibition. “Our local Ballarat artists continue to enthusiastically support the Flanagan Art prize with some offering multiple entries.
Notably, new artists to the region are also endeavouring selection in their quest for this prestigious prize. Adding these works to those from the many with established reputations, ensures we will be engaged by some ‘seriously good’ talent from around Victoria and interstate,” Ms Deutsher said. “With the 150 entries being reduced to a selection of 90 works for exhibition, the competition will be quite tense and the nominated chief judge’s task and decision will not be easy. There are indeed some beautiful and expertly rendered works contending for all three prize categories.” Winners will be determined by chief judge Beckett Rozentals, the assistant curator of Australian fashion and textiles and art at the National Gallery of Victoria. Ms Rozentals is currently assisting in the development of the NGV’s major 2013 summer exhibition Melbourne Now which will celebrate the latest art, design and architecture produced in Melbourne.
The 2013 Flanagan Art Exhibition will be formally launched with a gala function on Friday, August 23 in the Old Collegians’ Pavilion, at which the winners will be revealed. Tickets to attend the function cost $25 and are available through the St Patrick’s College Shop. The exhibition will then be open free to the public between 11am and 4pm on August 24-25 and again, at the same times, on August 31-September 1. Anyone interested in viewing the exhibition outside those times can do so by appointment with the College’s Development Office. The Flanagan Art Prize is an acquisitive competition, meaning the College retains ownership of the winning art pieces and ensures they are on permanent display in the corridors around the school. College Headmaster Dr Peter Casey said the event was a celebration of talented artists’ work, showcased and organised by volunteers. “The Prize aims to provide a high quality and prestigious art award in Ballarat that reflects St Patrick’s College’s commitment to excellence in the arts,” Dr Casey said. Anyone wishing further information about the exhibition is urged to call the College’s Development Office on 5322 4449.