City of Melville celebrates icons in this year’s Art Award


Open Award winner Matthew Thorley with his work Built Nostalgic and Mayor Russell Aubrey.
Open Award winner Matthew Thorley with his work Built Nostalgic and Mayor Russell Aubrey.

A CELEBRATION of Mel-ville’s iconic locations, both thought-provoking and beautiful, was illuminated in this year’s City of Melville Art Award.

City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey kicked off the 40th Art Awards on Friday, congratulating the brilliance of the 2016 winners who each took home a part of the $14,000 prize pool.

“I’m blown away with this year’s exhibition and thank all entrants for ensuring the 40th Art Awards Exhibition is yet again a brilliant showcase of artist talent within our community,” Mayor Aubrey said.

“I truly believe the judges had a hard time selecting the winners this year.

Winner of the Open Award (Aquisitive) Matthew Thorley had his piece Built Nostalgic described by judges as sleek and contemporary, creating a beautiful object and distilled image of an urban landscape.

Rachelle Dusting’s Silent Stigma, was lauded as an “intensely observed and highly skilled portrayal of an ambiguous condition” and took out first place in the Painting category.

An intense snapshot of a very familiar view by Rory O’Neill in his piece Shelter crowned him first in the Works on Paper category.

Other winners included Tony Formentin in 3D Sculpture/Textile, Lauren Joyce in the Youth (15-18) category and Ben Sherar who conquered the Work by City of Melville Resident division.

“I recommend that everyone visits the curated gallery space that has transformed the second floor of the City of Melville Civic Centre and also votes for the People’s Choice Award sponsored by Murdoch University, valued at $1000, which will be announced after the exhibition closes.”

The 2016 City of Melville Art Awards exhibition and art sale is open free to the public at the City of Melville Civic Centre until May 29, open 10am-4pm Monday to Saturday and 10am-2pm on Sundays.