Painter wins top CAPO prize

Prizewinning painter Robert Boynes

THE top award at the annual Capital Arts Patrons’ Organisation gala has gone to one of Canberra’s best-known painters.

On Saturday night, September 8, surrounded at the M16 Artspace in Griffith by 102 artworks donated by artists, Education Minister Chris Bourke presented the 2012 CAPO Fellowship to artist Robert Boynes. The Reading Room CAPO London Exhibition Award went to ANU graduate Karena Keys, who will travel to London to exhibit her work combining paint and textile processes.

Suzanne Moss, winner of The Rosalie Gascoigne Memorial Award, will use her grant to create part of a new body of drawings and paintings on linen and paper, while the Singapore Airlines Award will allow Nicola Dickson to travel to museums in Paris and London.

The performing arts are evident this year, with the Sage Legal Services Award assisting composer Thea Zimpel to develop a small ensemble and the new Macquarie Wealth Award assisting Karen Strahan and Jill Walsh to present an original Australian musical comedy theatre called “Check You Checkin’ Me!”

Bernie Slater will use the Eckersley’s Materials Award to develop lithographic printmaking techniques, while Fiona Veikkanan, recipient of the National Press Club’s Emerging Artist Award, will create a new body of photographic work.

The Workplace Research Associates Award went to Gary Lee for printing and framing, sculptor Rosalind Lemoh won the Capital Insurance Brokers Award, and the McGrath Woden Emerging Artist Award went to glass artist Erin Conron.

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