Mandurah: More than 1000 people attend the 15th Mandjar Art Awards

Mandurah: More than 1000 people attend the 15th Mandjar Art Awards

MORE than 180 artworks were on exhibition at the 15th Mandjar Art Awards last Saturday with more than half submitted by artists from the Peel region.

The presentation was attended by more than 1000 people and followed by a final performance of Le Nor from the Last Great Hunt.

Laszlo Lukacs took out the Alcoa of Australia corporate award while James Walker won the Friends of Mandurah Performing Arts Centre regional award.

Friends of Mandurah Performing Arts Centre regional winner James Walker.

Mandurah Art Gallery curator Gary Aiken said the standard was increasing year by year and it was one of the toughest judging years yet.

“Well done to the winners and a special thanks to this year’s judge, Art Gallery of WA director Dr Stefano Carboni,’’ he said.

The Mandjar Art Awards is an acquisitive competition and the Alcoa of Australia corporate award and Friends of Mandurah Performing Arts Centre regional award will be retained by the centre and become part of its growing art collection.

The People’s Choice Award is again sponsored by Halls Head Community Branch of Bendigo Bank and voting sheets are available for the duration of the exhibition which runs until March 31.

The $1000 prize winner will be announced on Wednesday, April 3.

Winners: Alcoa of Australia corporate award (Laszlo Lukacs)

Friends of Mandurah Performing Arts Centre regional award (James Walker)

Hunsa Smallgoods highly commended corporate award (Justin Swed)

Terrace Art Framers highly commended regional award (Mark Ellis)