Five Mid West artists selected as finalists in WA’s Jury Art Prize celebration of regional artwork

Anna CoxMidwest Times
Jury Art Prize finalist Sara Walker with James Thompson, William Upchurch and Marina Baker.
Camera IconJury Art Prize finalist Sara Walker with James Thompson, William Upchurch and Marina Baker. Credit: Michael Roberts/Geraldton Guardi/Geraldton Guardi

The Jury Art Prize is WA’s most innovative regional art prize and this year five Mid West-based artists have been selected as finalists.

The prize is an essential event on the artistic calendar year for regional artists across the State and enables new and established artists to showcase their work alongside their peers and expose it to industry professionals who provide valuable critical feedback.

Local artists Peta Riley, Joanna Sosna, Sara Walker, Kelli Dawson and Will Upchurch are five of the 54 finalists for this year’s prize.

Walker, who is based in Geraldton, said the piece she submitted to the competition was a multimedia work exploring the geography of the Denham and Exmouth peninsula and the impact of the solar eclipse.

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“It’s a wonderful feeling. It’s really exciting to see the names that I’ll be exhibiting with,” she said.

Walker said although the competition was fairly new, it had been instrumental in WA’s artistic landscape recognising the regions as spokes in the wheel.

The winners will be selected by Jude van der Merwe, Tom Muller and Ron Bradfield Jnr.

The Junction Co is the creative enterprise behind the competition. It is based in Port Hedland and specialises in platforming artists in the regions.

Prize winners will be announced at The Jury Art Prize 2024 exhibition opening on Saturday, May 18, at the Courthouse Gallery+Studio in Port Hedland, as well as being broadcast live at Yagan Square in Perth.

Prizes include the Kathy Donnelly award for emerging regional artists and a $3000 cash prize, the judges’ award for quality and excellence with a $10,000 cash prize, and the jury prize for the most public votes and a $10,000 cash prize.

All finalist works will be exhibited at the Courthouse Gallery+Studio in Port Hedland and broadcast at the Yagan Square Digital Tower in Perth city throughout the exhibition.

The exhibition runs from Saturday, May 18 to Friday, July 19.

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