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13 April 2017

The winners of the 2017 Great Southern Art Award were announced this evening at the official launch of the prestigious exhibition.
The Award gives Great Southern artists the opportunity to have their work professionally displayed and viewed by more than 2000 visitors and features work by emerging and established artists.

This year’s judging panel comprised of Curator Belinda Cobby and local artists Dr Barbie Greenshields and Shaun Wake-Mazey.

The City of Albany Acquisitive Award features a $5000 cash prize and supported exhibition or four weeks studio time at Vancouver Arts Centre. This award was presented to Chelsea Hopkins-Allan for her work Wing Scales on the Southern Old Lady Moth.

Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington praised the entrants and congratulated Chelsea on her outstanding artwork.

“The Great Southern Art Award is a fine example of the outstanding artists within our region and highlights the strength of our local arts community,” Mayor Wellington said.

“To all of the entrants and winners of this year’s award, I applaud you for your efforts and thank you for your ongoing contribution to the arts in the Great Southern.”

Merry Robertson was awarded the Works on Paper $1,000 cash prize for her artwork Not a Wallflower. The judges felt that the work sensitively delivered the artist’s intention in her own language of materials, motifs and creative processes.

The Print Award which also featured a $1,000 cash prize was presented to Kati Thamo’s Preserving Wildlife – Birds, a masterfully executed print which presents a beautiful image with a potent message.

Rachael Cavallaro won the Paint Award for her confident, gestural style painting titled And after the storm... I run and run as the rain comes.

Tanya Van Irsen impressed the judges with her use of media and techniques to create a sculptural artwork that won her the $1,000 prize for 3D artwork. The intriguing nature of the piece draws the viewer in closer to examine the detail and then is rewarded with the surprise of the transformation between 2D and 3D.

The HIT FM Acquisitive Award which featured a $1,000 prize was judged by Paul Cook and was awarded to Maria Cool for her painting Albany Fantastique.

The 2017 Great Southern Art Award is open to the public from 13 April to 3 June 2017 from 10am – 4pm daily at Albany Town Hall. For more information visit