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Local talent recognised in 2023 Art Awards

Published Monday, 26th June 2023

Genevieve Hartney has been named the overall winner of the 2023 Community Art Awards and Exhibition, taking home the grand prize for her painting From Here to There, Beginnings and Growth.

2023 Art Awards
Open Award winner Genevieve Hartney's artwork, From Here to There, Beginnings and Growth

Genevieve was one of 11 winners whose artistic talents were recognised as part of the 2023 Art Awards and took home a share in the $18,700 prize pool.

The City received 176 entries to the Awards, including 105 paintings, 26 works on paper and 14 sculptures.

Local residents submitted 84 artworks to this year’s awards, with other entries coming from artists around the State, including Cowaramup, Eneabba and Chidlow.

An independent judging panel comprising Art on the Move Executive Director Dr Theo Constantino, Perth Festival Visual Arts Curator Annika Kristensen and artist Rohin Kickett assessed this year’s entries.

Mayor Linda Aitken said she was pleased to give artists an opportunity to exhibit their work.

“The Community Art Awards provide an opportunity for artists from across Western Australia to showcase their diverse talents,” Mayor Aitken said.

“This year’s entries are a clear reminder of what an incredibly talented artistic community we have in our State, and within the City itself, with nearly half of this year’s entries submitted by local residents.

“We are delighted that our Gallery will be home to some incredible talent until the exhibition ends in August.

“Congratulations to all of our winners, and to everyone who contributed an artwork to this year’s Art Awards Exhibition.”

Visit the free exhibition on display at the Wanneroo Gallery until Saturday 12 August, Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.

Visitors to the exhibition can take part in the judging of the People's Choice Award by nominating their favourite artwork, with the winning entry to be announced in August.

For more information, please phone 9405 5920 or visit wanneroo.wa.gov.au.



City of Wanneroo Open Award (acquisitive) $7,500

Artist: Genevieve Hartney

Title: From Here to There, Beginnings and Growth

Medium: Acrylic

Judges’ comments: This work has so much detail and rhythm. While being very busy, the composition hangs together with strong colour and form. It rewards a closer look.


Best City of Wanneroo Resident $2,000

Artist: Tatiana Amaral

Title: Lovely Gift

Medium: Acrylic, rice glue on rag paper

Judges’ comments: Exhibits a very fine, deliberate and sculptural quality.


Highly Commended Wanneroo Resident $1,000

Artist: Frank Penfold

Title: Spin King

Medium: Oil on acrylic

Judges’ comments: So much character!


Painting Winner $1,400

Artist: Eric Hynynen

Title: Recycle

Medium: Acrylic and waste on canvas

Judges’ comments: This work challenges the media of painting with a confident, striking and important message.


Painting Highly Commended $500

Artist: Joanne Cox

Title: Radiant Banksia Menziesii

Medium: Oil

Judges’ comments: Very contemporary use of colour with strong level of technicality.


Sculpture Winner $1,400

Artist: Michelle Gauntlett

Title: Crucible

Medium: Stirling silver

Judges’ comments: This delicate artwork is an example of beautiful mark making, and subtle contrast of texture both inside and out.


Sculpture Highly Commended $500

Artist: Ernst Schneider

Title: Mrs Mamba Black

Medium: Mixed media

Judges’ comments: A very curious object!


Works on Paper overall $1,400

Artist: Janice Oliver

Title: The Ruins of my Life

Medium: Eco etched print on Hosho paper

Judges’ comments: Strong technique of mark making and colour on a difficult theme of ruin and memory.


Works on Paper Highly Commended $500

Artist: Linda Fardoe

Title: Banksia Chaos II

Medium: Giclee and pen and ink drawing on Canson 310gsm paper

Judges’ comments: Delicate and intricate mix of mess and order.


Photo, Film and Digital Media Winner $1,400

Artist: Lana Ge

Title: “In Anticipation of Growing Up”

Medium: Photo

Judges’ comments: Evocative, atmospheric work with a beautiful play of light, detail and stillness.


Photo, Film and Digital Media Highly Commended $500

Artist: Kirsty Chisolm

Title: Potter at Work

Medium: Photo

Judges’ comments: A nice play with focus and composition to evoke the creative studio and mind at work.

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