Submissions invited for 2016 Bankwest Art Prize

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04 March 2016

2016 Bankwest Art Prize calls for sculpture submissions

Entries are now open for the prestigious Bankwest Art Prize, which this year will shine the spotlight on the talent of Western Australian sculptors.

Established more than a decade ago in 2001, this year’s event will again showcase contemporary three dimensional and conceptually refined work following the tremendous popularity of the inaugural sculpture prize in 2014.

Bankwest art curator Sandra Murray said that due to the overwhelming interest in the sculpture prize it would now become a biennial event.

“We’re thrilled about this. There is currently no other art prize of such value that is committed solely to sculpture and is open specifically to artists across Western Australia,” Ms Murray said.

“Sculpture offers the viewer an enthralling physical experience – a 360 degree engagement to view from all sides.”

The winning artwork will become part of the prestigious Bankwest Art Collection, a collection of 450 works by WA artists displayed inside the headquarters at Bankwest Place.

The Bankwest Art Prize has gained esteem as one of the State’s most generous artistic accolades with the winner, who will be announced on November 22, taking home $30,000.

There will also be People’s Choice Award, as voted by the public, to the value of $5,000.

The Bankwest Art Gallery will host an exhibition showcasing all of the finalists’ artworks from 22 November 2016 to 10 March 2017.

Artists can apply online now at www.bankwest.com.au/artprize. Entries close 4 April 2016.

Art Prize details:
Bankwest invites all Western Australian artists to enter, until 4 April 2016.
First Prize: $30,000 (Acquisitive)
People’s Choice Award: $5,000 (towards art expenses)

For more information contact:

Sarah Hopps
Bankwest Senior Manager, Media & Communications
9369 8259
sarah.hopps@bankwest.com.au

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