Entries are now open for the inaugural City of Rockingham Art Award, open to 2D mediums except photography. The Award offers $9,000 in prizes, including a major $3,000 acquisitive award open to established artists who have continuously practised art for more than five years. Non-acquisitive awards include a $2,500 Heritage Award focussing on the history and heritage of the Rockingham region, and a $2,500 Indigenous Award. A $1,000 Emerging Artists Award is open to artists who have practised their art continually for less than five years. A $250 People’s Choice Prize will be awarded to the artist with the most public votes. The major acquisitive winning work will become part of the City of Rockingham Art Collection.
Entrants may submit up to three digital images for selection. Unlike other art awards, the City of Rockingham Art Award also encourages video/DVD works up to five minutes in duration, as well as paintings and other 2D mediums such as printmaking.
Curator Lyn DiCiero said acknowledging the craft of film-makers mirrors contemporary art. “Many cutting-edge artists see video as another medium in their toolkit, utilising it alongside traditional mediums. It’s not unusual now to see video, painting or printmaking and sculpture together in one solo exhibition.”
Mayor Barry Sammels said the new awards encourage excellence in the 2D realm of the visual arts. “Through these new awards the City has the opportunity to collect works of cultural significance, and provide an historic record of our times for future generations.”
Submissions for the Rockingham Art Award close 24 July. Selected works will be on show at Rockingham Arts Centre from 3 – 17 October. Visit the Art and Culture section of our website for more information.