John Stringer Prize exhibition opens to public for first time

Jarrad Martyn, left, and Tom Freeman will be exhibiting their work as part of the John Stringer Prize collection at the John Curtin Gallery. Picture: Will Russell.
Jarrad Martyn, left, and Tom Freeman will be exhibiting their work as part of the John Stringer Prize collection at the John Curtin Gallery. Picture: Will Russell.

ONE of WA’s most unique art exhibitions is set to open to the public for the first time.

The John Curtin Gallery will host the John Stringer Prize collection from September 28-October 7, with this year’s exhibition marking the first time the public will get to see the entries.

The exhibition features work solely from six Western Australian contemporary artists who are finalists for this year’s prize.

One such artist is Tom Freeman, who is displaying a series of sculptures he created over the last five years.

He said the sculptures were designed to capture moments of his life.

“A big part of my art practice is around the time I’ve got to do it, fitting that in around work and life, the work which comes out of it is a bit reflective of that,” Freeman said.

“Sometimes I’ll have more time up my sleeve and I’ll be a lot more considered and thoughtful with the work I’m making, other times I’ve got moments I want to do some creative thing really fast and slap it all together, so it’s reflective of my life and what’s going on at the time.”

Freeman said he had always been drawn to the playfulness and creativity of sculpting.

“I always liked playing around with different materials as a kid and growing up, it’s always something I’ve done as an artist as well,” he said.

“It’s really just a sense of play and a sense of exploration through all different materials.

“The sculpture feels like a really good, fun, creative expression where you get to muck around and dive in and see what comes out.”