GOOD NEWS that local artists feature in the shortlists for the 62nd Blake Prize and the 6th Blake Poetry Prize.The Blake Prize, which explores the religious and the spiritual through art, is one of Australia’s longest-standing art awards with a history of brilliant artist as winners. Recently it has adopted a more controversial approach, selecting artists with broader perspectives on religion and spirituality than was the case when the focus was on painting, mainly from a Christian perspective.
The Blake Prize finalists in visual arts will be vying for three awards, the 62nd Blake Prize ($25,000), the MUA Blake Prize for Human Justice ($5,000) and the John Coburn Emerging Artist Award ($5,000).
From approximately 900 entries received, the finalist selection comprises 73 artists and for the first time in the history of the Blake it includes a representative from every state and territory.
The 2013 shortlist, announced today, includes “Introduction”, a joint work by ACT artists Clare Thackway and Gregory Hodge.
The 73 shortlisted artworks will be exhibited to the public at the new Galleries UNSW at the College of Fine Arts (COFA) from October 18 to November 16. The works will be presented alongside the winning and highly commended poems for the 6th Blake Poetry Prize.
As well, now in it 6th year, the Blake Poetry Prize encourages Australian poets to engage in the dialogue between religion, spirituality and poetry.
Among the 2013 shortlisted poets are “Prayer: ‘Quick & Dirty’” by Binalong poet (we claim her as part of our arts community) Lizz Murphy.
The winners will be announced next week on Thursday, October 17.
The Blake Prize and Blake Poetry Prize, at Galleries UNSW, COFA, Cnr Oxford Street and Greens Rd, Paddington, Tues to Sat, 10am-5pm, October 18 to November 16.