Calleen Art Award 2023 People's Choice Award Winner Announced

Published on 21 November 2023

The votes are in, and we are delighted to announce that Penelope Oates is the winner of the People’s Choice Award for this year’s Calleen Art Award.

Voted by visitors to the exhibition of 57 finalists, Oates’ ‘Carbon Storers’ 2023 wins the $1000 non-acquisitive People’s Choice Award through the generous support of the Gallery Advisory Committee and the Friends of the Gallery art fund. Congratulations Penelope!

"When you look down over the Grose Valley from any of its vantage points the viewer is confronted with a sea of trees as far as the eye can see. You can be lost in the vastness of the valley and just take a moment to 'breathe' and forget for that moment in time the peril that our environment is in. Trees are the most effective and valuable storers of carbon, their impact en masse so much more than just a visual feast for the eye." - Penelope Oates, 2023
Image: Penelope Oates, Carbon Storers, 2023 acrylic on board, 120cm diameter. Image courtesy and © the artist