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Art Prize Judge’s Coraki connection

The Director of Art Services at Parliament House in Canberra, Kylie Scroope, has accepted an invitation from the Coraki Art Prize Committee to judge this year’s Coraki Art Prize.  Kylie is responsible for managing the Parliament House Art Collection, of around 5000 items, including approximately 3000 contemporary Australian artworks.  She has previously worked in a number of roles at other national cultural institutions including the Australian War Memorial, the National Gallery of Australia and the National Archives of Australia.

Kylie said she was delighted to be a judge at the Coraki Art Prize, not least because she was actually born in Coraki!  She attended primary school in Lismore and still has family living around Coraki and Woodburn.

This year’s Coraki Art Prize exhibition will be held on the last weekend in October at the Coraki Conference Centre and Brandon Hall.  Judging and the awarding of prizes will take place at the Conference Centre from 6.45 pm on Friday 28 October.  There will be over $9,000 in prize money across all categories – painting, drawing, aboriginal art, printmaking, sculpture, photography, youth art and this year’s new category of ‘Coraki and District: its People and Places’.  There will be a ‘Best in Show’ prize of $2,000.

Entry is now open! Get yours in before the closing date of October 14th

BEST IN SHOW winner will take home $2000 in what must be one of the best non acquisitive, small town prizes around the Northern Rivers. Last year’s winning entry went to a fascinating piece of ceramics called “Riding the Economic Storm”. Straight after judging, some of the judges and committee members were vying for the right to buy the winning piece. It was decided that the only fair thing to do was to auction it at the Presentation of Prizes. This was a popular move and great fun. And Annette Garland gained double the sale price she had on it.

Annette stated,” Winning ‘Best in Show ‘in the Coraki Art Prize has been an absolute honour, to be selected from so many talented artists of the region is a privilege. The reaction of the public to my piece has been overwhelming to someone who has had little previous exposure. It has been a pleasure to produce an item that others enjoy and connect with.”

So to all artists YOU HAVE TO BE IN IT TO WIN IT. So fill in your entry forms soon.

Entries close FRIDAY 14th OCTOBER.

SECTIONS for this year’s Prize are PAINTING, DRAWING, ABORIGINAL ART, PRINTMAKING, SCULPTURE, PHOTOGRAPHY, YOUTH PHOTOGRAPHY, YOUTH ART and our new section                               CORAKI & DISTRICT: ITS PEOPLE AND PLACES.

REMINDER: OPENING NIGHT AND PRESENTION OF PRIZES WILL TAKE PLACE Friday 28thOCTOBER at the CORAKI CONFERENCE CENTRE at 6.45pm.

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