Kimba prepares for Art Prize exhibition

ART PRIZE: Heather Baldock, Barbara Woolford, Maree Barford, Teresa Ramsey and Paul Northam have been working tirelessly to get the Art Prize exhibition ready for its opening on Monday.

ART PRIZE: Heather Baldock, Barbara Woolford, Maree Barford, Teresa Ramsey and Paul Northam have been working tirelessly to get the Art Prize exhibition ready for its opening on Monday.

With the town’s silo art complete, Kimba will continue its art focus over the next couple of weeks with the 2017 Kimba Art Prize and Exhibition starting on Monday.

The venue change to the Kimba Town Hall, the addition of a 12-day exhibit of the artworks and a focussed promotional program in art circles has resulted in a record number of entries for this year’s Art Prize.

Melbourne curator Paul Northam is going to Kimba to help hang and display the art.

Mr Northam has a long history in the arts world and is looking forward to being a part of the event.

“I am certainly delighted to be in Kimba and the region for the first time,” he said.

“It’s been a wonderful experience and everyone has been so welcoming.

“I am very impressed with the dedication and hard work that has gone into this significant undertaking.”

Mr Northam, who is an internationally recognised art judge, will also judge the Kimba Art Prize.

“I’m astonished at the extent to which artists in this region and beyond have engaged with the project to the point where we have about 200 artworks,” he said.

“It’s been quite a challenge to design and curate the exhibition.

“It takes a great deal of courage to create an artwork and present it to the general public and that is something to be admired and respected.

“I’m very conscious that the exhibition represents artists at various stages of their practice and art journey, nonetheless I feel it is my role as judge to focus on each work and assess it on its merit.”

The Art Prize will be announced at a Gala Evening on Friday, September 22, following the official opening of the silo art

With more than 150 entries competing for five prizes, including people’s choice and best local, a very high standard of art will be recognised.

For $5, guests can check out the talent and enjoy a glass of wine and nibbles.

The exhibition will run through until September 29 with people able to view artworks from 9am to 5pm each day.  

A $2 entry fee will be valid for multiple visits.

The exhibition is also paying tribute to local artist Sandra Francis, who died two years ago, with retrospective display including some of her many amazing works.  

For those who like to be hands on in the art world, former Kimba local Courtney Ramsey is returning to lead a couple of morning workshops for the joint completion of a charcoal drawing on September 23 and 24.

Art Prize patrons Cecilia Woolford, Teresa Ramsey and Maree Barford said they were thrilled with the support from artists across the state and interstate, and the high quality of the entries.

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