A hand-engraved core sample titled ‘And this, too, shall pass’ has been awarded the $10,000 Footscray Art Prize 2021.
Northern Territory based artist Lee Harrop was celebrated by over 200 attendees at the exhibition’s opening for her sculptural work that interrogates the mining industry.
The winning work was selected from 39 shortlisted artworks by a judging panel made up of NGV’s Myles Russell-Cook, VCA’s Vikki McInnes, and freelance curator Kirsty Grant. The judges initially reviewed over 830 entries, a record number for the third iteration of the Prize.
A new mural will soon be installed on the Footscray Community Arts precinct thanks to the $5,000 Street Art Prize, which was awarded to Macedon resident Emma Coulter. Her mural, to be installed in the next few weeks, will attempt to create a ‘window’ between the community and Footscray Community. The judges selected this work for the potential it has to instantly engage visitors to the area, “drawing them in with the strength of its design, the way it plays with perception, as well as it’s joyful colour”.
Two artists – Ahmad Sabra and Scotty So – will also take up RESIDENCE at Footscray Community Arts as part of the new Emerging Artist Category.
Local artists Rosie Kalina and Dawn Tan selected the winners of the Young Artists Prize categories from over 160 artworks, which are currently displayed at Victoria University’s MetroWest art space.
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The Footscray Art Prize is a vital biennial event for the local creative community, bolstering the reputation of Melbourne’s western suburbs as a thriving hub for artistic and cultural vibrancy.
“What a joy it was to see the breadth and depth of entries into this year’s Footscray Art Prize, and what a shame we couldn’t include every single one in the exhibition. Heartfelt thanks to all of the artists for holding their nerve during these most challenging of times, and hearty congratulations to all the finalists — it’s going to be quite a show!” said Vikki McInnes.
Mediums range from geographical core samples and a hologram device to delicate ceramic porcelain, with recurring themes of isolation and relationships to reflect the events of 2020.
“The entries provided a fascinating glimpse into contemporary creative practice around the country, both in terms of trends in the material means artists are working with, and the issues that are most relevant,” said Kirsty Grant.
The emerging and established artists featured include: Megan Evans, who has made the shortlist for a second year in a row with an intricately beaded piece; Layla Vardo who will show David Attenborough in a new light through her video; and David Cox, an artist from the Warmun Art Centre who reimagines ways of communicating his Dreaming stories.
“Following lockdown, and a year when many artists were forced to adapt their practice to work in new ways and often under extreme circumstances, each of the entries is a testament to the power of all artists creativity during difficult times,” said Myles Russell-Cook.
Footscray Art Prize Shortlist
Amala Groom & Saha Jones
this is a sign
Proximal Noise: Principles and actions against Anoxia
Dat Thanh Bakery sign
Darcey Bella Arnold
Consolidation: Youth in the Age of War and COVID-19
She’s Beauty, She’s Grace
I WLD WLK
Needlepoint Night Docks
Barkindji Blue Sky – Ancestral Connections #4
And the Sun was filled with Salt
Orders of Magnitude
And this, too, shall pass
Salt Water Deluge
Gradient Cutting #1
Enter the Dragon/Footscray
Take lasagne out of fridge
Neville meets Devil
Ryan Andrew Lee
Stephen Palmer & Nina Ross
Spatial deconstruction #25 (perceptual vortex)
I can hear a ringtail possum
All young artist entries are displayed in the exhibition.
Image 1: Winners, partners and sponsor of Footscray Art Prize 2021. Image by Jacinta Keefe.
Image 2: Pictured artworks (L-R): ‘Fluid Rock’ by Nicholas Burridge, 2021, ‘Emptiness’ by Mark Forbes, 2019, ‘I WLD WLK’ by Jenna Corcoran, 2020, ‘Proximal Noise: Principles and actions against Anoxia’ by Carolyn Craig, 2020. Image by Jacinta Keefe