People’s Choice Award announced, 4pm on 28th February, 2015
(Don’t forget to come in and vote)
The winner of the 2015 WHO is LOOKING at YOU? Portrait Prize is Kimberley Liddle
“Dreaming Awake” – a photographic sculpture made from plaster, wire, archival rag photographic paper & glue. An emerging artist, Kimberley was selected by judges Graeme Drendel and Colleen Ahern out of 59 displayed works for her original response to the creation of her portrait. The judges were impressed by her level of ability to successfully combine several skills to create a very engaging portrait.
Judges, Graeme and Colleen, were further impressed by the overall standard of the exhibition, saying that all the artists exhibited should be congratulated and that the winner and the two Highly Commended artists Paul Miller for Brett and Michael Simms for Tony were equally worthy of being selected as winners.
The opportunity to win a Solo exhibition is a unique draw card for many artists. Additionally there is an opportunity to win a People’s Choice award which gives an artist an opportunity to be part of the Christmas exhibition at the gallery. CSG has made it part of their business model to support and offer opportunities to artists since their opening of the business nearly 8 years ago. With an invitation to encourage a contemporary approach the gallery has been able to select from a variety of mediums in this year’s portrait show. The specification that the subject be known to the artist is an important point of difference for this show.. One of the outcomes is the sense of relationship that pervades many of the works.
Curated by Susan Gibson and Ness Alexandra the exhibition comprises paintings, drawings, sculpture, textile and video works. Each work has been selected for its ability to achieve an effective portrait in its particular genre. The selection of work and artists are diverse. Some artists have substantial CV’s whilst others may be entering their first competition. This all combines to create an exhibition that has depth with lots of surprises. Entering the gallery is entering a world that is playing out much of what it means to create a portrait into day’s world.