Tuesday, October 9, 2012

2012 Blacktown City Art Prize

Due to a missed international flight (it takes skill) and my natural forgetfulness I managed to miss the opening of the Blacktown City Art Prize.  Which is an incredibly shame for many reasons, one of which being they do incredible shin digs.  The food they put out and exhibitions they put up are usually first class.  Apart from missing high class spring rolls and other munchies I also missed out on time on the stage.  I won first prize in Watercolour, one of the eight prizes available for the night.  With one of my friend's Marikit Santiago walking away with the Youth Art Award.  Thankfully she was there to pick up her prize.

My first large prize and I wasn't around to receive it.  As the Universe goes this was a pretty shit pull.  Nevertheless things do work out for the greater good in the end.  The prize money for winning the Blacktown City Art Prize for Watercolor has paid off the international flight I had to buy to get back to Sydney, with some left over for future traveling and art-related activities!  Another wonderful development was that my work was acquired by the Ford Land Company, one of the sponsors for the Blacktown City Art Prize.
The coveted red dot is displayed next to my work and you can see it, and the work, on display till the 10th of November.  The Blacktown City Art Prize has become a pretty popular prize pulling a lot of entrants outside of Western Sydney and it's a worthwhile trip to have a look at some really talented pieces.  Put in a vote for People's Choice Prize or buy some art!  Some of it cheap, and others not so much. 

The exhibition is held at Blacktown Arts Centre
78 Flushcombe Road Blacktown
10am — 5pm Tuesday to Saturday (closed public holidays)
close to Blacktown Station and with on site parking available.