Art Award Winners – Northern Beaches Advocate

  • Young Artists/Designers 13 – 18 years old. Co-winners, “Cumulative Grief” by Ella McGaw and “Disconnection, Destruction, Extinction” by Kiara Underwood. Both works reflect concern about man’s impact on climate change and the natural world.
  • Young artists/designers 7 – 12 years old. Four co-winners, ‘The Generation of Peace and Hope’ by Camilo Budet Trescott, ‘Jeremy’ by Laura McClellan, ‘Souper bird (Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird!)’ by Isabel Wade , and ‘Circle of life’ by Dian Jiao.

Winners in each adult category took home a $5,000 prize. Young Artists ages 13-18 each won $1,000 and Young Artists ages 7-12 each won $500.

A jury made up of art and design curators evaluated the works of the 212 finalists and awarded the nine winners in each category. This year’s highly experienced panel included Dr Michael Mossman, a Kuku Yalanji man and lecturer in the University of Sydney’s School of Architectural Design and Planning; Australian artist Janet Laurence; and Australian fashion designer Kit Willow.

“Art is a wonderful way to draw public attention to the issues of climate change. By using data and insights from scientists, artists can create compelling new ways to share information and stories, which is badly needed to get people to really care and be moved to action,” voiced Ms. Laurence.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said the competition was very strong this year and congratulated the winners.

“Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 Environmental Art and Design Award whose incredible works were chosen from a very strong field. The passion for our environment and the challenge facing our planet is evident through all the work, and I am delighted that we are able to showcase such talent from across Australia here on the Northern Beaches,” said Mayor Regan.

The public now has the opportunity to judge the works, with an open vote for the public prizes. The works are visible in three exhibition spaces:

  • Manly Art Gallery & Museum (MAG&M) in West Esplanade Reserve, Manly, features ceramics and small sculptures, film and video, interdisciplinary collaboration, wearable design, works on paper and photography
  • Curl Curl Creative Space at 105 Abbott Road, North Curl Curl features young artists and designers
  • The Mona Vale Pop-Up Gallery at Village Park, 1 Park Street, Mona Vale features Functional Design, Painting and Mixed Media

Visitors to any of the exhibition locations can vote for the public prizes until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday August 24. Audience award winners will be announced at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 27.

The Northern Beaches Environmental Art and Design Prize exhibition runs through Sunday, August 28. Admission is free and open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Images: Karen Watson, provided by the Northern Beaches Council

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