2014 Bankwest Art Prize People’s Choice Award winner announced

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11 February 2015

Fremantle artist Susan Flavell has won the 2014 Bankwest Art Prize People’s Choice Award for her striking sculpture The shimmer, taking home a prize of $5,000 to fund art materials.

Susan described her striking two metre tall papier mache sculpture as an “unreal creature of the imagination, implausible in its shape and identity”. The artwork received the most public votes of the 17 Bankwest Art Prize finalists.

Susan is a Lecturer in Sculpture at Central TAFE and said she was thrilled to be recognised by the public.

“I was very excited to hear that I won the Bankwest Art Prize People’s Choice Award,” Flavell said.

“To receive some money towards art materials is absolutely fantastic and much appreciated.”

This is the first time the Bankwest Art Prize called for three-dimensional works which inspired entries from many local artists, placing contemporary WA sculpture in the spotlight.

Bankwest Art Curator Sandra Murray said she was impressed with Susan’s work and believed the artist would take confidence from the award.

“I am pleased that the People’s Choice Award has gone to such an outstanding monumental work - Susan is a deserving winner,” Ms Murray said.

“Her sculpture has attracted considerable attention in the foyer of Bankwest Place and I know many colleagues will miss its presence when the exhibition ends in March.

“I do also hope the work finds a home as it is currently for sale and too large to return to Susan’s studio!”

A record number of votes were cast by the public in recent months.

The works by the 2014 finalists remain on public display at the Bankwest Art Gallery at Bankwest Place in Perth until 6 March 2015.

The Bankwest Art Prize was established in 2001 and is considered the State's most prestigious prize awarded exclusively to WA artists.

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