Winners Rockingham Art Prize

Sam Bloor, Major winner of the 2024 Rockingham Art Prize with his winning work Cosmic Horror.

Winners of the City of Rockingham Art Prize 2024 were announced at the Gary Holland Community Centre in Rockingham in June. The Prize attracted more than 420 entries from artists all over Western Australia, across a wide range of artistic styles. A total of $19,500 in prizes was awarded across five categories, with the $500 People’s Choice Award to be announced on 5 July.
 
The judging panel comprised creative producer and cultural planner Michelle Broun, contemporary WA artist Paul Kaptein, and Hannah Mathews, the Director/CEO at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
First prize of $10,000, for the most outstanding artwork, was awarded to Sam Bloor for his work titled Cosmic Horror, a C-type print on archival rag. The judges noted that the winning artwork, “provides a very public commentary on the Australian Ugliness, hijacking existing structures to draw our attention to dominant narratives of paradise and the latent histories of disparity that exist beneath the surface.
 
The Small Sculpture Award was awarded to Adam Hisham Ismail for his work Night Swimming #2, Night Swimming series, described by the judges as a playful celebration of a dystopian subterranean world… highly skilled and deeply detailed, combining a strong sense of humour and narrative.”
 
The First Nations Artist Award was won by Greg Barr for his acrylic and Balga resin work titled Pop’s One, which the judges noted was “an honest and confident work that evokes a strong sense of journey and Country”.
 
The Local Resident Award went to Jeanette Rein for her work titled Intertwined Relationships, a small sculpture hand carved from Albany woolybush, which “celebrates the interconnectedness and fragility of relationships between people, place and time.”
 
The Emerging Artist Award was won by Sam Hopkins for his stainless steel sculpture titled Collapse, whichdemonstrates material ambition and confidence in approach. It is a highly skilled exploration of precarity, chaos and their tensions”.
 
The 81 submissions selected as finalists are now on display at the Rockingham Arts Centre, 11 Kent Street, Rockingham.
 
The $500 People’s Choice Award is open for public voting throughout the course of the exhibition and will be announced on 5 July. Anyone voting for their favourite artwork has a chance to win the $200 Voter’s Prize.
 
The exhibition is open until 4pm Sunday 30 June, with free admission and parking.
 
For more information on the Art Prize visit rockingham.wa.gov.au/artprize – A virtual tour of the exhibition is also available.

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