The Coraki Art Prize began in 1997 as part of the Coraki Tea Tree Festival and has since continued to be run annually as an event on it’s own. It has grown over the years and is recognised and respected widely throughout Northern NSW. It attracts entries from some of the regions best practising artists. It also showcases a diverse number of entries that have been a great representation of work from the regions youth, from primary school age to young adults. It also has provided a valuable platform for the work of talented emerging artists.
In keeping with the wonderful group of women who founded this great event and ran it for a decade before handing over the reigns to the current Coraki Art Prize committee (who this year will have been running the event for the 10th time!) We have continued to value the Art Prize as one that is inclusive to all. For this reason it is an opportunity that is open to all to enter and be part of the show. Encouraging people that perhaps wouldn’t otherwise enter their work to do so.
We are a non for profit, volunteer run Art Prize and are reliant on people’s willingness and enthusiasm to participate – from those who enter work to all that come to see the exhibition of work that is entered, all the volunteers who help make it happen and those who generously sponsor prizes and all those who support the Art Prize in many different ways.
We try our best to accommodate as much as we can prizes for as many different mediums and practices artists use to make work. This includes PAINTING, WORKS ON PAPER (Drawing & Printmaking), SCULPTURE & PHOTOGRAPHY.
The current committee came to the decision to no longer include a section and prize for ABORIGINAL ART after questioning both ourselves and indigenious artists, why their work needed to be seperate? and why shouldn’t it be seperated by the medium used like all other work and be included as such? It has not stopped artists who are indigenious entering their work and we have had no issue with work being included in the same way as all other work.
Our judges are well respected and held in high regard both either professionally or academically. Each section is judged separately and judges are chosen for their expertise in each specific medium/practice.
Best In Show ($2000 prize) is judged by all the judges together and collectively they choose the winner.
Popular Choice ($500 prize) is won by the artist who gets the most votes made by the public who come to view the exhibition.
No commission is taken by the Coraki Art Prize on sales that are made during the show.
Melva, George and Ana Thompson have held their roles on the Coraki Art Prize Committee since 2007 and this will be the tenth year that they have run the event.
Melva had a series of major strokes in 2012 and since has battled with the many challenges she has faced due to the Aquired Brain Injury (ABI) resulting from the strokes.
It is a testimont to her incredible strength and dedication that despite the monumentally huge personal struggles she has faced, she has stayed so fiercely committed to running The Coraki Art Prize. Since taking on the role of President in 2007 she has been the driving force integral to keeping an event like this running. Alongside Melva her husband George and daughter Ana are also dedicated committee members and all three have played important roles in running the event this year for the 10th time.
Sadly, all three feel it is time to once again pass on the reigns to others. They hope to continue supporting the Art Prize only in a different capacity.
Please make contact to express interest in joining the committee or getting involved. It is a great opportunity to give back to the community, be involved in the arts, meet lots of artists, learn new skills or share your skills with others. It is a priviliege and a pleasure to be involved in.