Mt Nasura sculptor named finalist in Art Prize


Alistair Rowe’s sculpture Vault, described by the artist as two arched glass screens standing on stilted legs mirroring while also balancing each other.
Alistair Rowe’s sculpture Vault, described by the artist as two arched glass screens standing on stilted legs mirroring while also balancing each other.

MT NASURA sculptor Alistair Rowe has made it to the finals of the cash rich 2016 Bankwest Art Prize.

He will be competing for the $30,000 top prize against 16 fellow finalists with his piece Vault.

The winner will be announced on November 22.

The public can also vote for Rowe’s piece in the people’s choice award worth $5000.

Rowe said he was very pleased to be shortlisted for the 2016 Art Prize.

“It’s great to be considered in the same bracket as these other well-respected names in WA art,” he said.

Born in Melbourne, Rowe studied at Curtin University before completing post-graduate courses in art at Central Tafe in Perth.

As well as the prize money, the winning artist will have their piece become a permanent part of the Bankwest Art Collection.

Housed at Bankwest Place in the Perth CBD, the collection is normally displayed in curated exhibitions.

Bankwest art curator Sandra Murray, who whittled down 60 entrants to 16 finalists, said she was thrilled with the selection of finalists from this year ranging from well-established artists to mid-career and emerging sculptors.

The Bankwest Art Gallery will host a public exhibition showcasing all the finalists’ artworks from November 23 to March 10 2017.