This years’ ReVive Art Prize has been won by Michelle Slezak for her work Planet, a striking circular walk piece comprising small rolls of discarded cloth, textile remnants and a wine barrel ring.
Entries in the ReVive Art Prize can now be viewed at the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre in Moruya, showcasing re-inventive works by 18 artists.
The biennial competition is open to all artists, craftspeople and creative makers who reside in Eurobodalla, the Bega Valley or the Snowy Monaro Shires. This exhibition is timed to coincide with Recycling Week and the artworks are made primarily from materials sourced from the waste stream. Combining innovation with education, finalists are eligible for a share of a $4,000 prize pool.
Julie Brennan was the runner up with her work Re: Cycle.
The other 2019 Finalists are Adrienne Conway, Anne Bruce, Antoinette Van Geet, Carmel Cox, Frankie Bliss, Geoffrey Odgers, Lee Honey, Lettie Pope, Louise Rossi, Margaret Ainscow, Mark Ward, Nick Hopkins, Noelene Cale Anderson, Paul Ware, Theresa Matthews and Tim Barrass.
Eurobodalla Council’s arts coordinator Indi Carmichael said “This is the sixth edition of the ReVive Art Prize, with the prize becoming a biennial event in 2017″.
“It’s one of the shire’s best-loved art exhibitions and will be held at one of our best-loved art spaces, the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre,” she said.
“Entered works must be created primarily from materials recycled or reclaimed from the waste stream. It’s an unusual approach and pushes artists and makers outside their comfort zone, inspiring artists to also upcycle favourite concepts and ideas. That makes for some truly fabulous work but is also a huge amount of fun, which is why ReVive is so popular with artists and audiences alike” she said.
The prize pool is split with $2,500 for the winning work and a $1000 highly-commended prize. There’s also a $500 People’s Choice award.
In celebration of Recycling Week, The Bas also hosted a panel discussion to dissect the topics of environment, waste and dwindling resources and the place of creativity within the solution to this global problem.
The exhibition opened on 1st November and is open Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. The show runs until Sunday 24 November 2019.