City of Stirling Art Awards 2019 winners

01 November 2019

The winners of the City of Stirling Art Awards 2019 were announced last night at the opening of the City’s 14th biennial art exhibition with Primary, a drawing/mixed media work by Damien Goerke taking out the City’s coveted Acquisitive Award.

Deputy Mayor, Cr Bianca Sandri who presented the Awards said that the entries were of a very high standard, making it a tough job for judges to choose a winner and that a highly commended was also awarded due to the caliber of entries.

The quality of the art works submitted this year has been simply outstanding and is testament to our thriving and developing arts community,” Cr Sandri said.
The City is proud of its commitment to developing, promoting and supporting art and artists and we are excited to be adding Primary by Damien Goerke to the City’s art collection through the Acquistive Award which attracts $5000 in prize money.

Winner Damien Goerke said it was a real honour to be part of the exhibition and that the recognition that came with winning the award would help him take a step closer to becoming an artist fulltime.
Winning this award is literally life-changing as my piece Primary is also reflective of my path taking a new direction. For half my life I have been on medication for a heart condition which has finally been rectified. My imagination once held at bay due to my medication is now desperate to come out. After nearly always drawing exclusively in greyscale, I am now using primary colours,” Damien said.

As well as the Acquisitive Award, Rachael Woodward from Balcatta took out the Jackson’s Drawing Supplies Young Artist Award with her digital work There Once Was… described by the judges as innovative in its application across various media to create an engaging narrative. Jessica Whiteman’s work Diffident was also highly commended in this category.

The Local Artist Award sponsored by the Rotary Club of Karrinyup was awarded to Julie Silvester of Innaloo for her artwork Morning Begins, a captivating pastel work depicting a typical Western Australian summer scene.
The new Digital Award went to Roly Skender for his piece Alien Ballet, a poetic, haunting, yet captivating duality of darkness. The beautiful and technically excellent Dead Tree submitted by Ross Potter caught the judges’ eyes for the Drawing/Mixed Media Award.
Kate Rae and Kerry O’Flaherty collaborated to win the Sculpture Award with their piece In The Round and Norm Wilson looked close to home to create his work South Terrace Neighbours 2 winning the Painting Award.
Cr Sandri also encouraged all visitors to the exhibition to vote for the Westfield Innaloo People’s Choice Award. The art exhibition runs from Thursday 31 October to Sunday 3 November at the City of Stirling Reception Hall, 25 Cedric Street, Stirling, and entry is free.

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