Arts & Culture

The ‘big’ and ‘little’ of the Eurobodalla’s Basil Sellers Art Prize

By Ian Campbell 4 October 2018
The Muller sisters, Josephine aged 16, Ruby 14, and Alison aged 10 all won awards in the Little Sellers Art Prize 2018. Photo: Supplied.

The Muller sisters, Josephine aged 16, Ruby 14, and Alison aged 10 all won awards in the Little Sellers Art Prize 2018. Photo: Supplied.

Three Moruya sisters have shone brightly in the 2018 Little Sellers Art Prize, as entries from NSW and the ACT for the ‘big’ Sellers are given more time.

Josephine, Ruby and Alison Muller of Moruya Heads all won awards, while Josephine, 16, was named overall winner with her multi-media work ‘In My Dream Anything Is Possible’.

Now in its third year, the Little Sellers is a companion event to the prestigious biennial Basil Sellers Art Prize.

The five to eight-year old finalists in the Little Sellers Arts Prize 2018 with Mayor Liz Innes, Council’s director of community arts and recreation Kathy Arthur, and creative arts development coordinator Indi Carmichael. Photo: Supplied.

The five to eight-year-old finalists in the Little Sellers Arts Prize 2018 with Mayor Liz Innes, Council’s director of community arts and recreation Kathy Arthur, and creative arts development coordinator Indi Carmichael. Photo: Supplied.

Council’s creative arts development coordinator Indi Carmichael says 150 entries were received across the four age categories.

“The prize continues to grow as we aim to inspire Eurobodalla’s young people to pursue creative arts,” she says.

Ms Carmichael was delighted to see a number of finalists in the Little Sellers were also finalists in this year’s Mayor’s Writing Competition, held in August.

“This crossover of talent is not unexpected,” she says.

“It’s wonderful to see the creativity of our young people encouraged and thriving across the spectrum of arts. Long may it continue.”

Little Sellers Art Prize 2018:

  • 5-8 winner Chenae Cottington, runner-up Theo De Frenza;
  • 9-12 winner Tayah Boyd, runner-up Milly Shanahan;
  • 13-15 winner Meah Hancock, runner-up Ruby Muller;
  • 16-18 winner and overall prize winner Josephine Muller;
  • Youth Award, Ruby Muller;
  • Environment Award, Alison Muller;
  • Children’s Award, Zahlia Kelly.

Josephine’s artwork won her $200 cash, donated by philanthropist and arts patron, Basil Sellers. She also won the 16-18 age group. Winners in each category received a $50 ‘Amanda’s of Mogo’ art supply voucher and runners-up a $30 voucher.

A special Children’s Award, Youth Award and Environment Award each attracted $75 prizes. These works will be acquired for Council’s permanent collection.

In My Dream Anything is Possible, by 16-year old Moruya artist Josephine Muller, winner Little Sellers Art Prize 2018. Photo: Supplied.

‘In My Drea,m Anything is Possible’ by 16-year old Moruya artist Josephine Muller, winner Little Sellers Art Prize 2018. Photo: Supplied.

Finalist in the Little Sellers Art Prize 2018 are on exhibition now at Moruya and Batemans Bay libraries, a great school holiday attraction. Libraries are open Monday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday 9.30 am to 12 pm.

Meantime entries have been extended for the ‘grown-up’ Basil Sellars which is set down for February next year in the new Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre at Moruya.

The major prize is $20,000, with entries open to artists across NSW and the ACT. The winning work will be acquired by Mr Sellers for his own unique collection.

Eurobodalla artists will also be in the running for Eurobodalla Shire Council’s $5,000 acquisitive prize.

Entries are now open until 4 pm, Monday, October 29.

Guidelines and conditions of entry are available on Eurobodalla Shire Council’s website.

The winner of the Basil Sellers Art Prize 2016 was Bega artist Merryn Sommerville with her pastel work 'Ghosts I've Met'. Photo: Supplied.

The winner of the Basil Sellers Art Prize 2016 was Bega artist Merryn Sommerville with her pastel work ‘Ghosts I’ve Met’. Photo: Supplied.

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