The Outback Archies, now in its fifth year, announced the seven winning artists of its art prize and exhibition last week.
Held annually, the exhibition features artworks from across Western NSW from the two regional arts boards of Outback Arts and Orana Arts, covering a huge area from Dubbo up to the Queensland border.
There were 49 artworks exhibited in the three mediums of Open Art (painting, etching, sketching, pastel), Photography and Sculpture, all exploring the theme of Legends and Landscapes.
Winning artworks were from across both regional arts boards with Outback Arts Regional Arts Development Officer Jamie-Lea Hodges saying the 2015 exhibition featured the most impressive and varied range of artworks and styles yet.
Every year the exhibition provides an invaluable creative opportunity for our residents and really showcases the amazing artistic talent we have in our communities. It was interesting to see peoples different interpretations of the theme and how they view their landscapes and experiences of living in regional communities.
This year we had so many different styles and techniques which made it tough for our judges.
First place in the Open Art section was Chris Kunko of Dubbo for Afternoon Blues, an oil painting of his son, while second place was awarded to Amanda Tout of Tomingley for her graphite drawing Natures Dancer.
In Photography, Mardi Remond of Walgett won with her portrait titled Don. Second place was taken by Jordan Shillingsworth of Dubbo for his landscape Westside Train Track.
The Sculpture category was won by Tallah Deans Looten from Gulargambone for her ceramic sculptures Back in my Day, with David Pickard from Bourke taking second place for his detailed woodburning Stealing the Future.
Aboriginal artist Darryl Ferguson, of Lightning Ridge, won the award for Most Outstanding Indigenous Artist for his carved didgeridoo Waraba, while the Peoples Choice Award went to David Pickard for his wood burned table ‘Dignity’.
Jamie-Lea says she hopes that the exhibition will continue to grow to be bigger and better.
The exhibitionhas grown so much in the past five years and we hope to continue on with that legacy, with plans already underway for next year with some new exciting changes.
We would also like to thank everyone involved as we could not have done this without the support of the community, the artists and our sponsors. Our community, both locally and further afield are the reason we have this opportunity to showcase the diverse talents from across NSW right here in the Outback Arts region.
The exhibition and winning artworks will be on display at the Outback Arts Gallery in Coonamble until October 2, before embarking on a tour of the region. Touring schedule has been locked in until March 2016 with more venues to be announced!
Tour schedule >
Outback Arts | Monday, 7th September 2015 – Friday, 2nd October 2015
2828 Gallery, Gulargambone | Monday, 12th October 2015 – Friday, 30th October 2015
Lightning Ridge Arts and Crafts Council | Tuesday, 3rd November 2015 – Friday, 20th November 2015
Walgett Library | Tuesday, 24th November 2015 – Friday, 11th December 2015
Bourke Tourist Information Centre | Tuesday, 15th December 2015 – Saturday, 30th January 2016
Dubbo Fire Station Arts Centre | Monday, 8th February 2016 – Friday, 18th March 2016
Gilgandra Heritage Centre | Monday, 29th February – Friday, 18th March
WOW Centre, Warren | Tuesday, 22nd March – Friday, 8th April