Monday, December 08, 2014

St George Art Awards 2014

People’s Choice Prize 2014

The winner of the People’s Choice Award was unveiled at the Museum & Gallery on Friday, 
5 December 2014. Over the past few months, visitors were able to vote for their favourite artwork in all of the categories of the St George Art Awards. Over 180 people voted and the votes were tallied up revealing a stand-out favourite. A few visitor comments were also singled out as being particularly thoughtful and creative and will be rewarded with prizes. 

Images: Hurstville City Library Museum & Gallery

Warhorse Metamorphosis, by Adam Galea, was awarded the prize at the People’s Choice Presentation & Party. Visitors caught a glimpse of the talented, young artist accepting his award and were able to have a closer look at the most popular piece. The piece also pleased the judges and had previously been awarded the St George 3D Art Prize.

Adam Galea and his Warhorse Metamorphosis
Image: Hurstville City Library Museum & Gallery 

Many visitors voted for this artwork including a 2 year old, whose mum wrote: "Chosen by my 2 year old daughter. She says she chose it because:'It's scary, it looks like Harry Potter*, it has pockets*'. 
I think it's because it reminds her of the centaurs (she has seen pictures)!

Musical entertainment by student of Vicace Piano Studio
Image: Hurstville City Library Museum & Gallery

Guests were treated to live music during the evening from students of Vivace Piano Studio whilst enjoying some refreshments and enjoying the artworks in its final week.
The St George Art Awards are on show until 14 December 2014. Don’t miss your chance to see Warhorse Metamorphosis for yourself!   

Monday, December 01, 2014

St George Art Awards 2014

What's your favourite artwork?

This year the St George Art Awards finalists’ exhibition shows much diversity. The artworks include sculptures and paintings, ranging from different sizes and colours but still linking to the main theme of 2014, which is ‘Transformation’.

Another Element by Sandra Sacilotto

Amongst the great artworks, Another Element by Sandra Sacilotto immediately caught my eye as the dark figure and contrasting colours made it stand out. Personally, I think it illustrates the struggle of people in modern society (in this case a young male) and the choices they have to make about the paths they wish to pursue. The brilliant portrayal of a young male in a hoodie suggests a troubled person as they walk towards the darkness of the tunnel. The medium of this artwork is acrylic on canvas resulting in a clean, polished look. The dark parts of the artwork significantly contrasts with the white light outside the tunnel, symbolising how darkness can be all-consuming. 
When you observe Another Element ask yourself, what is the man walking away from?

By Stella, Museum & Gallery work experience student

Regeneration by Christine Jeyachandran

I found it difficult to pick a favourite artwork because so many of them were amazing and extremely detailed, but one artwork stood out to me, and I could relate it to the theme of transformation straight away. 
Regeneration by Christine Jeyachandran shows the transformation of bushland: when a fire burns the shrub to ash and then it regenerates into the green leafy land that it once was.
The most noticeable aspect of the artwork was the different shades of red used, which contrasted dramatically with the white walls. As well as this, I could also see a change occurring and that the artwork wasn't just portraying one thing. This change stood out to me and this is why this is my favourite artwork.

By Anna, Museum & Gallery work experience student

Who will win the People's Choice Prize?

People’s Choice presentation and party
Friday 5 December 2104, 5.30pm for 6.00pm start
Join us for the announcement of the People’s Choice Prize of the St George Art Awards 2014.
Enjoy musical entertainment by the students of Vivace Piano Studio.

Free event, please book your ticket on the LMG What's On page