Woodbridge artist in line for Art Prize

Woodbridge artist in line for Art Prize

WOODBRIDGE-based artist Peter Dailey has been announced as one of the finalists for the 2016 Bankwest Art Prize, one of the State’s most generous and prestigious visual arts awards.

Under the stewardship of Bankwest Art Curator Sandra Murray, 60 entries were assessed and shortlisted to 16 finalists.

Victoria-born Dailey trained at Midland College of Tafe, Edith Cowan University and Claremont School of Art and has had numerous exhibitions throughout Perth.

He was the winner of The Syndicate II in 2012 and was also awarded the Creative Development Fellowship from the WA Department for the Arts in 1996.

His piece for the Arts Prize, Repository, features a fibreglass near life-size human figure with an intriguing headpiece of attached cameras and surveillance apparatus.

Speaking about the piece he said: “I wonder where our fascination with digitally recording everything we do comes from? Is it a fear of not remembering the event, is it in case we need to justify something, or is it to legitimise our existence?

“How we, as individuals and a society, make sense of this inevitable blurring of boundaries between the documented experience, the lived experience, and the memory, is what interests me.”

Speaking about being shortlisted for the award, he said it was an honour.

The winner will be announced on November 22, with the sculptor awarded $30,000.

The winning piece will become part of the Bankwest Art Collection.

The Bankwest Art Gallery will host an exhibition of the finalists’ artworks from November 23 to March 10.

Peter Dailey’s Repository.