City of Joondalup announces winners of Community Invitation Art Award

City of Joondalup Community Invitation Art Award overall winner Susan Roux discusses her wining work, Wives, with Mayor Albert Jacob.
City of Joondalup Community Invitation Art Award overall winner Susan Roux discusses her wining work, Wives, with Mayor Albert Jacob.

SUSAN Roux has added her name to the list of winners of the prestigious City of Joondalup Community Invitation Art Award.

Roux’s artwork, Wives, was named the overall winner of this year’s exhibition, which was launched at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City earlier tonight.

As well as a $7000 prize, her artwork will be added to the City’s art collection.

Judges said Roux’s work was a “commanding group demonstrating obsessive stitch and construction and a rich use of multiple materials”.

“Well resolved technically and conceptually with a quietly dignified presence,” they said.

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Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said Wives would “sit proudly among the City’s art collection”.

“This year’s line-up of contributing artists is undoubtedly one of the strongest in the event’s proud history and Susan is obviously at the peak of her artistic powers,” he said.

Susan Roux’s winning piece, Wives, on display at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City.

Mr Jacob said planning had started for next year’s exhibition and the 25th anniversary of the invitation award in 2023.

“A retrospective exhibition of the past 25 winning entries will be staged and will showcase an important snapshot of contemporary WA art practice,” he said.

Other winners were Trevor Richards with the Award for Excellence for Foldings 2, Ellen Norrish with the Celebrating Joondalup Award for Tin Heads: Mountains, fishermen and dogs, and Emily Hornum was the overall runner-up with Tinderreotypes.

The Popular Choice Award, nominated and voted by members of the community, will be announced in the first week of November.

During the exhibition opening, Mr Jacob also officially welcomed guest speaker and artist-in-residence Helen Pynor to the City.

Over the next few weeks, Dr Pynor will develop a concept for a commissioned artwork for the City.

The exhibition continues until Sunday, October 28 and displays the work of 15 of the State’s talented contemporary artists including Jennifer Cochrane, Sarah Elson, Caspar Fairhall, Emily Hornum, Eveline Kotai, Leonie Ngahuia Mansbridge, Amanda Marsh, Ellen Norrish, Mark Parfitt, Andy Quilty, Trevor Richards, Susannah Skinner, Sioux Tempestt and Gera Woltjer.

2018 Community Invitation Art Award winners

Overall Winner – $7000, Susan Roux
Artwork: Wives
Judges’ comments: “A commanding group demonstrating obsessive stitch and construction and a rich use of multiple materials. Well resolved technically and conceptually with a quietly dignified presence.”

Award for Excellence – $2000, Trevor Richards
Artwork: Foldings 2
Judges’ comments: “Spatial and surface qualities that are crisp and clearly defined. Simultaneously concrete and etheric as a body of work, they are technically rigorous and adept. Confident work that is calming and contemplative. Each work is thoroughly considered and executed with a balance between geometry and a study of space.”

Celebrating Joondalup Award – $2000, Ellen Norrish
Artwork: Tin Heads: Mountains, fishermen and dogs
Judges’ comments: “Quirky and yet still sophisticated humorous studies. Pertinent selection of images aligned with text. Sense of intimacy and comprehensively researched.”

Overall Runner-Up Award – $2000, Emily Hornum
Artwork: Tinderreotypes
Judges’ comments: “Tinged with a sophisticated humour. Simultaneously takes us back in history and engages the contemporary. It is representative of time. It’s diminutive format and scale is poignant and profound. A quiet gem.”

The Popular Choice Award – $2000, TBA