Winners of 2018 Albany Art Prize image

29 March 2018

The winners of the 2018 City of Albany Art Prize were announced at the official opening of the contemporary exhibition at the Town Hall tonight.

Thirty finalists from around Australia were chosen from more than 300 entries of contemporary artwork, with Victorian artist Kevin Chin awarded the $25,000 Major Acquisitive Prize for his work ‘Sheltered’.

“Chin is a professional artist who demonstrates a strong and original mastery of painting as an artistic medium,” the judges wrote.

“More than a painter, Chin is a storyteller who understands the power of visual cues and strategies, deploying these devices with vividness and confidence.”

Great Southern resident John Manson received the $2,500 Highly Commended award for his work ‘Mt Clarence No.2’, a highly accomplished depiction of houses on the side of Mount Clarenc

The judges noted Manson’s strong command of the medium, his subtle use of colour and tonality and his acute visual perception work to make this a commanding painting that is very true to life.

The People’s Choice Award will be announced at the close of the exhibition.

The 2018 City of Albany Art Prize is open daily from 10am – 4pm at the Albany Town Hall until May 6.

This year’s Albany Art Prize is the final year of a successful partnership with the Jack Family Charitable Trust, who has supported the prize since its inception in 2008.

Image: Winning artwork 'Sheltered' by Kevin Chin.