Judges were in for a tough job this year with the largest ever number of entrants in the Fisher’s Ghost Art Award.
From more than 700 entries, Sydney artist Tina Havelock Stevens’ video piece was selected as the 2017 overall winner.
More than 500 people attended the exhibition’s official opening on Friday night where Havelock Stevens accepted her award from Friends of Campbelltown Arts Centre president Dorothy Heatley.
The winning work, Let’s Groove, is described as a ‘spontaneous self-portrait exploring vulnerability, memory, age and gender’.
It features Havelock Stevens drumming to a design/mash-up of the first tune she ever drummed to. It is a representation of the push and pull between her private and public selves.
“I’m very honoured to have won the Open Award at this year’s Fisher’s Ghost Art Award,” Havelock Stevens said.
“I’m a fan of many of the artists in the show and I’ve also been exhibiting at Fisher’s Ghost consistently for the last five years.
“I won the contemporary award back in 2013 – this award makes me think even more that the ghost of Fisher is looking after me.”
The exhibition features about 350 finalists.
The award was judged by Ben Quilty, Tess Allas and Daniel Mudie Cunningham.
Arts Centre director Michael Dagostino praised this year’s entrants for their great work.
“This year’s exhibition is a fantastic display of works from a range of artistic practices, by artists at all stages of their careers,” he said.
“Entries are received from artists far and wide and it is fantastic to see the growth and success of this award each year.
“Almost half of the works in the exhibition came from artists who call the Macarthur region home, as well as a huge showing of works from our local students.
“I look forward to seeing these artists continue to support the award and highlight the importance of art in their everyday lives.”
The exhibition will be on display until 14 December and all works are for sale. Campbelltown Arts Centre is open 10am – 4pm daily and admission is free.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS
Open Award - Tina Havelock Stevens
Contemporary Award - JD Reforma
Traditional Award - Julie McCurry
Sculpture Award - Mechelle Bounpraseuth
Photography Award - Jeremy Blincoe
Primary Awards - Tiana Crisdale, Lillian Greaves and Aliana Wheatley
Secondary Awards - Kayla Coleman, Michaela Rist, Secondary - Selina Tong and Caitlyn Vlaski.
Surrealism Award - Louisa Chircop
Macarthur Award - Mona Ibrahim
Aboriginal Art Award - Paris Norton
Macability Award - Peter Gregson