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Published on : Monday, December 2, 2013
Renowned South Australia artist Emma Hack, in partnership with the Adelaide Convention Centre, has launched a new $5,000 art prize designed to recognise and reward the talents of local artists and showcase their varying styles and genres.
The Emma Hack Art Prize will adopt an annual theme and encourage entries from throughout the state’s artistic community – whether they’re painters, sculptors, multi-media artists, photographers, ceramicists or used mixed mediums.
The prize is the first of its kind in South Australia.
In 2014, the prize’s inaugural year, the theme will be ‘My Environment’. Judging of the prize will be based on creativity and technical capability within the theme. The winner will receive $5,000.
There will also be a People’s Choice Award with the winner receiving $2,000, kindly gifted by Raw Pearls.
The Adelaide Convention Centre through its Centre ArtBeat initiative will exhibit the works of the finalists, host an exhibition launch and offer the winner an opportunity to host their own solo exhibition at the Centre. The Emma Hack Art Prize exhibition will be part of the official 2014 Adelaide Fringe Festival program.
Prize founder Emma Hack said the prize has been launched to encourage creativity and to support the work of both established and emerging artists.
“The Prize will shine a spotlight on the work of all finalists and provide a commercial opportunity for artists to sell their work through the Prize exhibition,” said Ms Hack.
“I’ve been lucky to have had enjoyed commercial success as an artist but I know how hard it can be to make a living from your art.
“I hope the Prize will act as a platform for the artist’s future success.”
The Adelaide Convention Centre has enjoyed a long standing relationship with Emma Hack having exhibited her works at the Centre on a number of occasions.
The Centre has also supported South Australian artists by staging occasional exhibitions and through its partnerships with local arts organisations.
The Centre recently formalised this support by launching a new initiative – Centre ArtBeat – which incorporates a series of regular exhibitions and artistic events.
Adelaide Convention Centre Chief Executive Alec Gilbert said when Emma suggested the idea of her Art Prize it seemed a natural fit with the Centre ArtBeat initiative.
“Both are designed to foster and reward the work of South Australian artists, said Mr Gilbert.
“The Centre is an ideal space to exhibit works by local artists because of the exposure not only to South Australians but also to interstate and international visitors.
“We’re committed to showcasing the best of South Australia to visiting guests whether it’s our great produce, world famous wines or local art.”
Entries are now open for the Emma Hack Art Prize and close on Friday 14th February, 2014.The finalists will be announced on Monday 17th February, 2014.
The Emma Hack Art Prize Exhibition, part of the 2014 Adelaide Fringe Festival, will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from March 4th – March 29th from 9am – 10pm. Entry will be free.
Source:- Adelaide Convention Centre