FORM and the Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery is proud to present the 2018 Hedland Art Awards in partnership with principal partner BHP, and major partners, Town of Port Hedland, Pilbara Development Commission, and Pilbara Ports Authority. Artists from the Pilbara, Kimberley, Gascoyne, Mid West and Goldfields-Esperance regions are in the running for over $100,000 in prizes.
The Hedland Art Awards is one of the richest and most prestigious non-acquisitive regional art awards in Australia, providing exhibitors with exposure to a national audience, and giving new and upcoming artists opportunities to develop and showcase their work.
2018 Hedland Art Award Winners
PATRICK MUNG MUNG WINS 2018 HEDLAND ART AWARD
Patrick Mung Mung was awarded the top prize of Most Outstanding Work for his piece Places of Ngagoorroon which judges described as follows, “The artist documents with real knowledge the way in which the foliage follows the typography to clearly articulate his informed knowledge of his country. He is taking us on a journey in the painting.”
FORM Regional Curator Andrew Nicholls said FORM was absolutely delighted by the calibre of entries received for the 2018 Hedland Art Award.
“As a result of the very high quality of entries, this year’s exhibition is one of the largest ever, with 108 artworks included. We congratulate all of the finalists and cannot wait to share their work with the Hedland community.”
- Most Outstanding Work: $30,000
- Best Work by an Indigenous Artist: $20,000
“A bold and commanding work that demands your attention through its lively colouration and sensitive calibration of mark-making.”
- Best Work by a non-Indigenous Artist: $20,000
“The artist very cleverly engages his audience by requiring them to send a text. He then responds with a link to a beautifully shot video of a ram that is poignant, elegant, and moving.”
- Kathy Donnelly Award: $10,000
“Beautiful colour and sensitivity to the medium used. Also for its sense of place and the subtle and evocative creation of space within the work.”
- Best Work in a Medium other than Painting: $8,000
“Port Island speaks of the landscape and makes use of recycled materials from this landscape to form a witty commentary of the experience of living in the Pilbara. They are rough materials to work with and she has brought them together in symmetry.”
- Best Sculptural Work: $8,000
“This creature comes alive. It literally jumps off the plinth- its nose alert to danger. It’s a beautifully crafted work. The artist understand her materials and has brought them together in a way that shows enormous skill and sensitivity to the nature of the medium.”
- Youth Award (under 25): $2,500
“Remarkably sophisticated work by a young artist. Great composition and use of colour. The work itself shows confidence in its process and describes the country with great finesse.”
- Encouragement Award: $2,000
“…great attention to detail, delightful wit and great sense of humour with some very clear observation details and real observational skill in evidence.”
- People’s Choice Award: $1,000
To be announced, vote now at the Gallery
This year 108 works were selected for admission. Eight awards were selected by a judging panel, following a rigorous preselection process. The 2018 Judges were:
CATHY BLANCHFLOWER – Visual Artist
NICI CUMPSTON – Artistic Director, TARNANTHI Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Art Gallery
of South Australia
PROFESSOR TED SNELL AM CitWA – Chief Cultural Officer, University of
The judges commented on the high quality of this year’s awards and their enjoyment in the process of selecting the winners.
All winning and finalist works will be exhibited at the Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery until December 2018; an online catalogue of works is also available on our website and we recommend calling the gallery on (08) 9173 1064 to purchase works.
FORM would like to thank the 2018 Hedland Art Awards Principal Partner BHP, and supporting partners Town of Port Hedland, Pilbara Development Commission, Pilbara Ports Authority, Roy Hill, IBN, and WEB Business Hub for their support in delivering another successful community program.
Congratulations once again to our 2018 finalists:
Illyampi Victor Burton
Roma Nyutjangka Butler
Nancy Nyanjilpayi Chapman
Hozaus Bidaliji Claire
HSHS Senior School Engagement Class
Layne Dhu Dickie
Nyaparu (William) Gardiner
Ngarralja Tommy May
Patrick Mung Mung
Nyangulya Katie Nalgood
John Prince Siddon