Blue: portrait of homeless man wins People’s Choice Award at Mandjar Art Awards

Art Gallery curator Gary Aitken, winning artist Chris Goldberg and Sharon Hooper from Halls Head branch of Bendigo Bank.
Art Gallery curator Gary Aitken, winning artist Chris Goldberg and Sharon Hooper from Halls Head branch of Bendigo Bank.

THE 2018 People’s Choice Award in the Mandjar Art Awards was won by Chris Goldberg with her piece Blue.

Blue won more than 300 votes.

At least 5000 people voted for their favourite artwork at the exhibition at Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery.

Goldberg, who also won the highly commended corporate award, said community art awards were an important vehicle for both established and emerging artists to show their work and it was great to see a broad range of work from artists at all levels represented.

Her painting Blue was about the homeless.

“The man depicted lived rough on the streets for a number of years but happily has since reunited with his family and is now living back home,’’ she said.

This year, 245 works in the exhibition were enjoyed by more than 12,000 people.

Art Gallery curator Gary Aitken said it had been one of the gallery’s most successful years.

“The quality of work has been incredibly high, even more so than usual and is a real credit to the community,’’ he said.

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