Posted on November 17, 2017
The City of Bayswater has named artist Nick Mahony the winner of the Open Prize at this year's annual Art Awards and Exhibition held last night at The RISE.
Nick's work, entitled 'The Cage' depicts shadows at play in an industrial cubed space and has won him the prestigious $5,000 award.
Other winners who were highly commended from this year's exhibition were; Clay Bradbury for his oil painting 'Hydrant', Jennifer Eyles for her landscape piece 'Lagarostrobos L Franklinii: Survival in an Ancient Land' and Sarah Thornton-Smith for her watercolour on paper work 'Wild'.
The best High School Entry this year was Eve McKay for her acrylic painted depiction of the waves 'Ocean Beach', runner-up was Anna Summers with her piece 'The Jungle' featuring a tiger.
The Best Sculpture Award this year was given to Denise Pepper for her textiles based boat.
Other notable mentions were Carol Emmerson who won the Ellis House Award, Ian Medcraft who won the City of Bayswater Arts Society Award and Katrina Bott who took home the City of Bayswater resident Award.
Mayor Dan Bull said the City was proud to support local artists.
"There is an inherent value in art and artists, both add to the overall culture, aesthetic and lifestyle that we enjoy here in the City of Bayswater," Mayor Bull said.
"Art is very important to us, you could say, art is at our heart.
"The talent we have in and around the City is truly outstanding and this has been well represented again in this year's Art Awards and Exhibition."
Entries to the competition are in a variety of mediums including oil, acrylic, water colour, pastel, printmaking, gouache, charcoal, pencil and for the first time this year, sculpture (3D works).
The Exhibition continues at The RISE 10am to 4pm daily until Friday, 1 December.