Artists have eye on the prize
THE very first Wilson Visual Arts Award (WVAA) will kick off this week with an exhibition of finalists at the Trinity Catholic College in Lismore.
The non-acquisitive art prize and exhibition will showcase some of the best artists both locally and from around Australia, who will all be vying for the $10,000 first prize purse.
WVAA chairperson Louise Young said the awards had received 324 entrants, with 83 selected as finalists for the exhibition.
"There are 35 local artists and nearly 50 from right around Australia [in the final]," Ms Young said.
According to Ms Young the art awards would go some way to recognising Lismore as an arts hub and giving the region the "kudos" it deserved.
"This area has the highest population of artists outside metropolitan Australia," Ms Young said.
"This will bring outsiders to the area to see what we have to offer."
Ms Young said she hoped the WVAAs would become one of the Northern Rivers' most anticipated and celebrated cultural events and "snowball" on from the 2012 event.
Local artist and WVAA finalist Daniel Clemmett said the awards allow the local community to enjoy the many great artists that practise in the area, while giving artists a chance to make some money through their craft.
"It's always great to have a local show," Mr Clemmett said.
"Local shows have kept me going in a lot of ways."
The WVAA will also feature a $1500 people's choice award donated by local artist Katka Adams, which will be announced on the final day of the exhibition.
The WVAA exhibition will run between 10-6pm from tomorrow to Saturday, with an official opening and WVAA winner announcement on Friday from 6.30pm.
Tickets to the WVAA exhibition opening are available from Trinity Catholic College in Lismore, 02 6627 6600.
No tickets for sale at the door on opening night.