Local artists to get started with their creations for Esperance Art Awards

Goldfields-Esperance artists will get the chance to have their creative works recognized at this year’s Esperance Art Awards.

Local artists are being encouraged to get started with their creations in preparation to enter their artworks into the exhibition from November 4 for their chance to win across 10 awards.

Artists who live in the region will be able to enter up to two works and can include sculptures or two-dimensional creations using any medium.

The Esperance Art Awards exhibition is set to open with an award ceremony on November 17 where judge Julian Bowron will share his selection processes, and artists can network.

The exhibition will then be open to the public from November 18 to January 31, with all works available to purchase.

Artistic director at the Cannery Arts Center Jessica Ricciardo said the awards were an opportunity for artists to showcase their creations during the busy summer months.

“The awards are a fabulous way for artists to gain constructive feedback about their practice while having their work displayed in a unique exhibition in Esperance’s premier gallery space over peak season,” she said.

“For visitors, the exhibition offers a huge variety of works by the cream of regional artists, the opportunity to pick up some art with a local flavor or they can vote in the people’s choice.”

Other awards will include the Shire of Esperance award of excellence with a $3000 prize up for grabs, as well as an Indigenous art award and one for the best youth artist.

The highly commendable awards will also be on offer, with artworks to focus on any theme and be created with any medium.

The Southern Ports Esperance $1000 prize will be awarded to the top piece with a marine theme, and the eco art prize will focus on environment awareness across any medium, excluding photography.

All artists must be residents of the Esperance and Eastern Goldfields region which includes the coastal town, Kalgoorlie-Boulder Ravensthorpe, Hopetoun, Beaumont and Balladonia.

Entries must be the original work of the artist, completed in the past 12 months and not previously exhibited or entered into a competition.

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