Footscray Art Prize shortlisted works on display this June

Published by: Footscray Art Prize | 5-Jun-2019
Just over 200 works from across Australia have been shortlisted in four categories for the esteemed Footscray Art Prize, and will be on display from 20 June - 20 July at Footscray Community Arts Centre and VU at MetroWest.
Venue: VU at MetroWest AND Footscray Community Arts Centre
Address: 138 Nicholson Street, Footscray AND 45 Moreland Street, Footscray
Date: 20 June - 20 July
Time: Exhibition openings from 5pm on Thursday 20 June
Ticket: Free
Buy / Ticket:
Call: (03) 9919 5130
The Footscray Art Prize judging panel - made up of ACMI's Katrina Sedgwick, ACCA's Hannah Presley, VCA's Raafat Ishak, and independent creative producer Simon Spain (judge of the young artists categories) - have selected the shortlisted works following a review of over 800 entries, and were impressed by the quality of work they viewed.

"The volume of entries gave me a good insight into some of the exciting work being created across the country and led to an enjoyable discussion with my co-judges," Hannah Presley, Curator at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art said.

Thirty-three artworks were shortlisted in the main category, three in the street art category, and twenty-two in the tertiary category, and over 100 pieces from the young artist categories will be exhibited.

A range of mediums are represented, including a high number of contemporary sculptural and installation works.

"A highlight of the shortlist for me is the diverse materiality. Our selection is a dynamic offering that addresses themes of environment, place, identity and observation," Hannah continued.

Entrants are as diverse as they are talented and include nationally accredited taxidermy artist Julia DeVille, miniature artist David Hourigan, and award-winning portrait artist Tamirat Gebremariam.

Shortlisted works will be on display at a Footscray Art Prize exhibition, which will be held at Footscray Community Arts Centre (Main and Street Art Prizes), and VU at MetroWest (Tertiary and Young Artists Prize) from 20 June - 20 July.

Shortlisted artists go into the running for a total cash prize pool of $17,500, including the coveted $10,000 main prize, with winners announced on 20 June at the exhibition opening night.

The biennial prize is a unique collaboration between Victoria University, Maribyrnong City Council, Footscray Community Arts Centre and the Rotary Club of Footscray, who share a commitment to demonstrating and promoting creativity, cultural achievements and the arts.

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