‘Wives’ wins CIAA’s top prize

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Susan Roux has added her name to the prestigious list of winners of the City of Joondalup’s most celebrated visual arts prize.

Roux’s artwork, Wives, was named the overall winner of the 2018 Community Invitation Art Award (CIAA) exhibition, which was launched at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City on Saturday 13 October.

As well as a $7,000 prize, her artwork will be added to the City’s art collection.

The exhibition continues until Sunday 28 October, giving visitors a chance to experience the work of 15 of the State’s most talented and exciting contemporary artists.

CIAA participants in 2018 are: Jennifer Cochrane, Sarah Elson, Caspar Fairhall, Emily Hornum, Eveline Kotai, Leonie Ngahuia Mansbridge, Amanda Marsh, Ellen Norrish, Mark Parfitt, Andy Quilty, Trevor Richards, Susan Roux, Susannah Skinner, Sioux Tempestt and Gera Woltjer.

Of Roux’s award-winning work, judges said: “A commanding group demonstrating obsessive stitch and construction and a rich use of multiple materials. Well resolved technically and conceptually with a quietly dignified presence.”

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said given the depth of talent involved in this year’s exhibition, Roux’s success was all the more meritorious.

“Congratulations to this very talented artist on claiming the top prize in this year’s exhibition. This year’s line-up of contributing artists is undoubtedly one of the strongest in the event’s proud history and Susan is obviously at the peak of her artistic powers,” he said.

Wives will sit proudly among the City’s art collection.

“Congratulations also to all the other category winners and to everyone who has contributed to this outstanding display of artwork.”

The Popular Choice Award, nominated and voted by members of the community, will be announced at the end of the CIAA exhibition after votes have been counted. The artist with most popular artwork chosen by the public will receive a $2000 prize. Visitors to the exhibition who vote for their favourite artwork could win a $50 voucher. The Popular Choice Award will be announced in the first week of November.

Mayor Jacob took the opportunity during the exhibition opening to officially welcome Artist-in-residence Dr Helen Pynor to the City. Over the next few weeks, Dr Pynor will develop a concept for a commissioned artwork for the City.

FURTHER CIAA BACKGROUND INFO – Category winners

Award for Excellence – $2,000, Trevor Richards
Artwork: Foldings 2

Judges’ comments: “Spatial and surface qualities that are crisp and clearly defined. Simultaneously concrete and etheric as a body of work, they are technically rigorous and adept. Confident work that is calming and contemplative. Each work is thoroughly considered and executed with a balance between geometry and a study of space.”

Celebrating Joondalup Award – $2000, Ellen Norrish
Artwork: Tin Heads: Mountains, fishermen and dogs

Judges’ comments: “Quirky and yet still sophisticated humorous studies. Pertinent selection of images aligned with text. Sense of intimacy and comprehensively researched.”

Overall Runner-Up Award – $2,000, Emily Hornum
Artwork: Tinderreotypes

Judges’ comments: “Tinged with a sophisticated humour. Simultaneously takes us back in history and engages the contemporary. It is representative of time. It’s diminutive format and scale is poignant and profound. A quiet gem.”

Selection panel members: Dr Perdita Phillips, independent artist/writer/researcher.
Dr Angela Stewart, visual artist, member of Art Collective WA.
Ron Nyisztor, artist.

2018 judges: Sue Starken, Art Collection Curator, School of Arts and Humanities, Edith Cowan University, Australia.
Jānis Nedēla, Assistant Curator, Kerry Stokes Collection, Co-Director, Gallery East Art Services.
Jurek Wybraniec, artist.