The Collie Art Gallery has once again launched one of regional Australia’s richest art prizes, following the success of the inaugural 2018 edition, which drew more than 500 entries nationally and attracted hundreds of visitors to the town.
Collie Art Gallery’s $50,000 Collie Art Prize (CAP2020) is arguably regional Australia’s richest individual art prize, and forms part of the coal mining town’s push to diversify its economy into tourism and other industries.
The Gallery is now calling on artists throughout the country to begin working on their pieces to address the theme of ‘Identity’ with entries opening 31 October 2019 and closing 3 January 2020. The winner and runners up will be announced at a gala event on 29 February 2020.
Collie Art Gallery is Western Australia’s first purpose-built A-class community art gallery since the Art Gallery of WA opened in 1979.
The inaugural 2018 edition of the biennial prize attracted 523 entries from around Australia – more than double the estimate – with one-third coming from outside Western Australia.
First prize for the 2018 edition was won by Queensland artist Brian Robinson for his piece ‘By Virtue of This Act I Hereby Take Possession of This Land’. Runners up were Alastair Taylor for ‘Synchronymity’ and Collie’s own Sarah Smith for ‘Cotton Candy’.
Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman said the arts had much to offer regional WA in terms of tourism and town activation.
“The inaugural Collie Art Prize attracted entries from many of Australia’s top artists and I look forward Collie again being one of the country’s top regional arts spots as we head towards the awarding of the CAP2020 prize,” Minister Templeman said.
“The success of the inaugural prize speaks for itself and I call on visual artists around the country to get involved in this terrific program.”
Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray commended organisers for thinking big with the Collie Art Prize.
“I look forward to seeing some of Australia’s best art right here in town early next year,” Minister Murray said.
“I’d like to thank the Bendigo Bank, the Rotary Club of Collie and Whispering Pines B&B for their important contribution to the Collie Art Prize, and of course the hardworking and dedicated Collie Art Gallery Committee.
Collie Gallery Group Chairperson Trudi Curran said the committee was very pleased and excited to organise the second Collie Art Prize.
“The response we received from the arts community as well as the general public has been far above our expectations and we have been encouraged by the support we have received from local business and community organisations,” Mrs Curran said.
“We are looking forward to seeing some creative responses to our Identity theme once again.”
The Collie Art Prize 2020 Call for Entries opens 31 October 2019 and closes 3 January 2020. Terms and Conditions are now available.
Contact the gallery on 9734 2921 for more information.