Artist call out as Midwest Art Prize returns

Artists residing throughout Western Australia are invited to submit their works for the 2017 Midwest Art Prize.

The inaugural Midwest Art Prize was first held in March 2011 and has grown in popularity and prestige over the subsequent years to become one of the most significant cultural events in regional Western Australia.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the Prize is a flagship event for the Midwest and reflects the region’s commitment to the visual arts.

“In the past the Art Prize has attracted hundreds of amazing artists who call Western Australia home and we expect the competition and quality in 2017 to be as high as ever,” he said.

“It has become a very well respected exhibition and we are now calling out to artists in WA to start preparing their pieces.”

Artwork from around WA will feature in the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery which is under the new management of the City of Greater Geraldton.

“Taking on the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery allows the City to run this exciting competition again. I hope lots of local artists get behind the Midwest Art Prize and share their unique, vibrant pieces with the community and state,” Mayor Van Styn said.

The prize is open to artists residing throughout Western Australia and boasts more than $30,000 in prize money across a number of award categories.

The 2017 Mid West Art Prize awards and prizes will include:

  • City of Greater Geraldton Overall Award for Excellence $20,000
  • Rio Tinto Midwest Aboriginal Art Award $5,000
  • REDFM Youth Award $3,500
  • Local Members Award (MLA) $1,500

In a change from previous years, the Overall Award for Excellence is going to become acquisitive, as will the Rio Tinto Midwest Aboriginal Art Award and the REDFM Youth Award - while the Local Member People’s Choice Award will remain non-acquisitive.

Artists who wish to submit an artwork must fill out an entry form which will be on the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery website from mid-January 2017. Entry fee is $40. All entries close on 1 May with the exhibition commencing 16 June 2017.

For more information visit the Art Gallery website at www.artgallery.cgg.wa.gov.au