Calleen Art Award 2020
4 October to 15 November 2020
The Calleen Art Award is always an exciting and popular exhibition and definitely a favourite cultural event in Cowra and the region. For the first time in the history of the Calleen Art Award the winner was announced via a virtual opening event which took place on Saturday 3 October 2020. Guest speakers were Cr Bill West, Mayor, Cowra Shire Council, Jenni Fagan, The Calleen Trust and the Award Judge, Mr Steven Alderton, Director and CEO, National Art School, Sydney.
This year the Cowra Regional Art Gallery received 330 entries from around Australia and the works of 53 finalists were selected by a panel of art professionals including the Award Judge for exhibition.
Southern highlands based artist Zoe Young has taken out this year’s $20,000 Calleen Art Award for her work On the Farm, 2020, acrylic on Belgian linen, 120 x 160cm.
This painting … “is a significant work, it’s a turning point in my practice where I moved from using a paint brush to incorporating a palette knife to apply paint” said Zoe Young. She did this work especially for the Calleen Art Award to express the fun she had during her childhood when she use to spend time with her cousins in Cowra.
“ … I see in this painting great optimism, and I see in this show so much optimism and as much as there’s a pandemic and we’ve had bushfires and we’ve had floods, this is a great example of how artists can translate the future, how we can talk about optimism for the future and bring that forward…” Steven Alderton.
People’s Choice Award
The winner of the People’s Choice for the Calleen Art Award 2020 is Orange-based artist Jane Tonks for her painting It is written but they do not read, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 250 x 75cm.
The Calleen Art Award 2020 exhibition consisted of an amazing range of 52 outstanding paintings selected from over 300 entries received by the Gallery from around Australia.
Congratulations to Jane Tonks who receives $1,000 courtesy of the Friends of the Gallery.
- Entries closed: 22 July 2020, 11.59PM (AEDT)
- Official opening (exhibition preview): Saturday, 3 October 2020
- Winner announced: Saturday, 3 October 2020
- Exhibition dates: 4 October–15 November 2020
||Kerry McCarthy Madawyn
||Helen McCarthy Tylmuty
||Amanda Penrose Hart
Image: Zoe Young, On the Farm, 2020, acrylic on Belgian linen, 120 x 160cm. Winner Calleen Art Award 2020.