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Valerie Sparks wins Bowness Photography Prize

BY Monash Gallery of Art | 14-Sep-2016
Melbourne artist Valerie Sparks has won the 2016 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize with her work 'Prospero's Island – North East' featuring one of Australia’s most iconic landscapes. The MGA Foundation would also like to extend their congratulations to the three recipients of the Colour Factory Honourable Mention: Phaedra Barnes, Stephen Dupont and Tajette O'halloran. #bownessprize #australianphotography #valeriesparks #Tasmania @mga_photography @this_is_no_fantasy
Venue: Monash Gallery of Art
Address: 860 Ferntree Gully Road Wheelers Hill Victoria 3150
Date: Exhibition on until Sunday 16 October 2016
Time: Tuesday - Friday: 10am-5pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12-5pm
Ticket: Free entry
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Valeria SPARKS
Prospero's Island – North East, 2016
from the series Prospero's Island
pigment ink-jet print; 140.0 x 220.0 cm
courtesy of the artist and THIS IS NO FANTASY + dianne tanzer gallery (Melbourne)
Melbourne artist Valerie Sparks has won the 2016 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize with her work ‘Prospero's Island – North East’ featuring one of Australia’s most iconic landscapes.

Sparks describes the work in her artist statement as follows: The diverse landscapes of Tasmania provide a rich source of imagery from which to create an interpretation of Shakespeare’s Prospero’s Island. ‘Prospero’s Island – North East’ explores the narrative arc of The Tempest from vengeance to forgiveness. The wild cliffs of Tasmania’s south coast are brought together with the sublime stillness of the north and east coasts to explore the theme of displacement, which is central to both The Tempest and the turbulent history of Tasmania. The birds inhabiting the work are from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery collection and represent the romantic and mystical elements of The Tempest, in particular the role of Ariel in guiding Prospero to a point of emotional resolution and forgiveness.

Judged by a rotating panel of industry experts and MGA leaders each year, the 2016 Bowness Photography Prize winner was determined by filmmaker Fred Schepisi, photographer John Gollings, and MGA Director Kallie Blauhorn after a considerable amount of deliberation over each of the 59 shortlisted photographs.

Established in 2006 to promote excellence in photography, the annual William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize is an initiative of the MGA Foundation and has become Australia's most coveted photography prize.

An exhibition of the finalists will be on display at Monash Gallery of Art until Sunday 16 October 2016.

Event: Artist talks | Thursday 6 October 2016, 7pm
Join 2016 Bowness Photography Prize finalists Jeremy BLINCOE, Chris BUDGEON, Mia Mala MCDONALD & Tajette O’HALLORAN as they discuss their work on display. MGA will stay open late until 9pm

Event: Artist talks | Sunday 16 October 2016, 2pm
Join 2016 Bowness Photography Prize finalists Elaine BATTON, Kirsten LYTTLE, Sonia PAYES & Ben THOMAS as they discuss their work on display. Followed by the People’s Choice Award announcement at 4pm. The People’s Choice award is supported by Dinosaur Designs and the MGA Foundation. (Voting closes 3.45pm)