Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery’s biennial National Print and Drawing Acquisitive Awards will be launched this Saturday, with the winners of the prestigious awards to also be announced.
Running until the 10 July, the long-running national print and drawing prize celebrates printmaking and drawing. It includes entries from across Australia of some of the finest contemporary works.
Gallery Director Ian Tully said more than 200 award entries had been received.
“The awards are held in high regard by artists and printmakers from around the nation and regularly attract about 2,000 visitors,” Mr Tully said.
“As well as being a highlight on the gallery calendar, the awards are a highlight for art lovers from around the Swan Hill region.”
“In addition to bringing some of the best works on paper to the region, the awards attract visitors from far afield, which benefits our local economy,” he said.
“I encourage our community to take the opportunity to view the exhibition and experience the very best of Australian printmaking and drawing.”
The awards will include:
Launch and official announcement – Saturday, 14 May
The launch of the National Print and Drawing Awards will include the award announcements and exhibition launch from 6pm at the gallery. Prize money of $14,000 will be awarded at the launch night, with the two winning works to be acquired for the gallery’s permanent collection.
The evening will include the launch of Print That 2! exhibition. The exhibition, which will be held in the Access Gallery, features printmaking from secondary school students around the region.
Exhibition walk through – Sunday, 15 May
At 11am artists and judges will hold an informative guided walk-through of the Print and Drawing Awards exhibition. The walk-through will be the first in a range of artist talks and workshops to be held during the exhibition.
Exhibition – 14 May to 10 July
The exhibition includes the 52 awards finalists and will be held in the Main Gallery.
People’s Choice Award – 10 July
The People’s Choice Award will be announced on the final day of the exhibition.
For more information about the awards, please contact the gallery on 5036 2430.
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