craft / “Silver & gold: Unique Australian objects 1830-1910”, Royal Australian Mint, until April 1. Reviewed by MEREDITH HINCHLIFFE.
KALEEN artist Euan Graham is the winner of the $4000, 2017 Global Empire Art Award for his work The Cat Bell (spray enamel on paper).
This is the second time the award has been offered by the Tuggeranong Art Centre.
The judges, Caroline Hughes, Steven Holland and Louise Douglas, were unanimous in their decision, citing the artist’s response to the theme and how the work points to a moral conflict regarding the domestication of and love for cats to the detriment of native fauna.
“We were particularly struck by Euan’s skill in addressing this current local issue in an elegant and slightly sinister way.” the judges said.
The judges made commendations from the 49 entries; Frank Leskien’s “From Coat to Arms”, Matthew Dunne’s “Murray River”, Phil Styles’ digital photograph “Coat of Arms Carnage” and Linda Davy for her sculptural piece “Caged”.
The theme for the 2017 Award was taken from Mahatma Gandhi who said: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated“.
The exhibition is open until Saturday, September 2.