City of South Perth launches exhibition of 2017 Emerging Artist Awards winners

City of South Perth Emerging Artist winner  Matt Brown with his work The Telepon Boxes.
City of South Perth Emerging Artist winner Matt Brown with his work The Telepon Boxes.

THE winners of the City of South Perth’s 2017 Emerging Artist Awards were announced at the launch of the exhibition at the South Perth Community Hall on September 21.

Palmyra artist Matt Brown (22) received the $4000 major prize, the City of South Perth Open Award, for his sculptural work The Telepon Boxes.

The judging panel of Curtin University Fine Art School of Design and Art course co-ordinator, artists Judy Rogers and Jana Wallace Braddock, along with curator and artist and Neil Elliot, invested a considerable amount of time and thought into determining the prize winners for each award category.

The judges described Brown’s work as a “playful and whimsical use of found objects” and “an interesting way to display images that invites interactivity and play”.

They said the Emerging Artist Award once again exhibited a significant number of high-quality entries, with 80 artworks on display to the public until Saturday, September 30.

Award winners
Open Award: Matt Brown, The Telepon Boxes
Local Theme Award: Wade Taylor, Foreshore- Prelude
Youth Award Ali Watson, Bored $750
City of South Perth Resident Award: Robi Szalay, Sensory Release
Painting Award: Annie Huang, Sunshower
Works on Paper Award: Sam Bloor, Slide of Hand
3D Sculpture/Textiles Award: Benjamin Bannan, Transposed (Iron)
People’s Choice Award: This award will be presented to the work that receives the greatest number of votes from exhibition visitors