The Jury Art Prize: Call-out for regional artists

The Jury Art Prize: Call-out for regional artists

Regional Arts WA

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The Junction Co. and Courthouse Gallery+Studio are thrilled to welcome all regional WA artists to submit their entries into The Jury Art Prize 2023 to be exhibited in Port Hedland from 20 May – 22 July 2023.

Taking on the form of a physical and virtual art prize, finalists will have their work shown in a digital custom-built replica of the Courthouse Gallery+Studio gallery and the Yagan Square Digital Tower for the duration of the exhibition. The Jury Art Prize will give regional artists a platform to showcase their work to Western Australia and beyond.

Image: Digital Jury Arts Prize exhibition in the Perth Central Business District. Photo by Valeria Scoponi, courtesy of The Junction Co.

The Junction Co. are pleased to confirm a prize pool of just under $30,000 thanks to sponsors, the Town of Port Hedland and Pilbara Development Commission. There are four prize categories, The
Judges Prize winner ($10,000), Kathy Donnelly Award ($3,000), and Patron’s Award ($3,000 scholarship for a Hedland artist) will be selected by a panel of judges, whilst the fourth prize
category, the people’s choice vote Jury Prize ($10,000) will be announced at the close of the virtual exhibition.

Guest judges, artist Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Exhibitions Manager Gemma Weston and PICA Curator Sarah Wall will announce the winners on 20 May.

Artists across regional Western Australia are encouraged to get their works ready in time to meet The Jury Art Prize April submission deadline. To ensure that The Jury Art Prize 2023 continues to transcend and go beyond the geographical limitations of living regionally, there are three drop-off points available to support artists in delivering their works to the gallery.

Gallery Manager Valeria Scoponi explains, “It is critical that we do our best to ensure that the prize is accessible for our community of artists – we are here to provide the support required to present the best of regional art in WA. In addition to the drop-off points, the virtual gallery experience will connect regional artists to people all over Australia.”

Image: The Jury Arts Prize exhibition at the Courthouse Gallery+Studio in Port Hedland. Photo by Elljay Photography, courtesy of The Junction Co.

The Jury Art Prize 2022 Finalist Nat Rad reflects, “Entering the Jury Prize for the second time, I am impressed by their support of regional artists. Distance will always be a difficult obstacle to overcome for artists working in regional areas, but the clever use of technology can assist. Unable to attend the exhibition in Port Hedland in person, it was thrilling to see where my work was placed within the gallery by interacting with a good quality digital tour.”

The annual prize provides meaningful opportunities for regional artists to connect beyond the regions, winner of the 2022 Jury Prize, Roderick Sprigg says, “Being in the Jury Art Prize is a pleasure
based in partnerships. A dance between the audience and regional artists on a stage provided by supporters of The Junction Co. and Courthouse Gallery+Studio.”

The Junction Co. Chairperson Miranda Cecich notes, “It is with the support of our sponsors, Hedland community and the broader WA community, that the Jury Art Prize is possible and will no doubt provide meaningful opportunities for regional WA artists and the Hedland community.”

Key dates:

  • Entries close: 4 April 2023 4PM AWST
  • Finalists announced 11 April 2023
  • Selected finalist artworks to be delivered to Courthouse Gallery+Studio by Friday 29 April 2023
  • Exhibition Dates: 20 May – 22 July 2023
  • Official opening and winners announced: Saturday 20 May 2023

To apply for the Jury Arts Prize, visit The Junction Co. website.

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