Top art on display at MAC

ART: Middleback Arts Centre Manager Ryan Sutherland and Arts and Cultural Facilitator Deb Hughes with some of the artwork on display.
ART: Middleback Arts Centre Manager Ryan Sutherland and Arts and Cultural Facilitator Deb Hughes with some of the artwork on display.

A variety of colourful, unique and dazzling art is now on display at the Middleback Arts Centre.

The finalists of the Whyalla Art Prize have been chosen by judges  Riddoch Art Gallery Director Dr Melentie Pandilovski, Art Gallery of South Australia’s inaugural Curator of Contemporary Art Leigh Robb and winner of the 2015 Whyalla Art Prize Paul Snell.

The works will be on display in the foyer until December 2. These three respected names in the Arts industry selected 55 out of the 206 entries.

Of the 55 finalists, 28 are from South Australia. The winner of the 2017 Whyalla Art Prize will be announced on Monday, October 9.

Arts and Cultural Facilitator Deb Hughes said she was happy to see over 200 participants in the prize this year.

“We had a wide range of contemporary Australian artists competing, putting in some very high-caliber entries. There are a few there which will make people say ‘what the?!” she said.

“We also have six moving image entries, being short animations or films. There are a number of artworks that also have digital interactions.”

Middleback Arts Centre Manager Ryan Sutherland said she was excited for the announcement of the Art Prize winner, and thanked everyone who participated in the competition.

Country Arts SA Arts Programs Director Anthony Peluso will open the event on October 9 and the winner will be announced by Mayor Lyn Breuer.

Country Arts SA Chief Executive Officer Steve Saffell said the Whyalla Art Prize had attracted a high caliber of artists.

“The Whyalla Art Prize discovers new talent and supports artists nationwide,” he said.

“The finalists this year again show how many talented artists we have in this country; and we are delighted to have the opportunity with the Whyalla Council to showcase another notable collection of artworks that reflect the changing face and evolving styles of Australia.”

In 1972, the Whyalla Art Prize was established by the Whyalla Arts Council.

Originally designed to promote regional emerging artists, the prize has flourished and developed into a significant award and is seen as an important exhibition of contemporary arts in Australia.

The Prize is open to all residents of Australia; artworks must be wall-based and can be in any medium other than photography.

Originally designed to promote emerging artists in the area by the Whyalla Arts Council in 1972, the Prize has since grown into a significant national award.

The public is welcome to attend the event from 6-8pm. Please RSVP by October 6 to middleback@countryarts.org.au or call (08) 8644 7300.