The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Art Prize launches tonight at the Kalgoorlie Town Hall.
More than 260 entries from around the Goldfields region and across the State have been entered into this year’s competition.
Artists can expect world-class feedback on their work, with three highly acclaimed judges joining well known West Australian curator Ja nis Nede la overseeing this year’s exhibition.
This year’s judges include Perth International Arts Festival visual arts program manager Margaret Moore, Italian-born, Perth-based artist Francesca Gnagnarella , who has studied and exhibited her work in Paris and Rome, and Carly Lane, an independent curator with a background in anthropology and art who has worked as a researcher and curator at several State and national institutions including the second National Indigenous Art Triennial at the National Gallery of Australia. This year’s Art Prize categories cover a wide variety of media and artists will all be in the running to win a prize in their category.
The categories are the Fyson and Associates Two-Dimensional Award for works on canvas, the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry Two-Dimensional Award for works on paper, the VTEC Photography Award including digital manipulation and the Bank West Three-Dimensional award for works in textiles, ceramics, sculpture, craft and design.
Artists can also nominate their works for the KCGM Mining Award for works with a mining theme and the Tjuma Pulka Media Aboriginal Corp- oration – 96.3FM Aboriginal Art/Theme award, if their art- work is relevant to that category. All pieces are eligible for three prestigious awards: the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Best Overall Award; the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Youth Council Youth Award for artists under 21; and the KCGM Popular Vote Award, chosen by visitors to the exhibition.
The exhibition will be open to the public from tomorrow until September 30 from 10am to 3pm.