The judges Ron Bradfield Jnr, Professor Fiona Stanley and Dr Laetitia Wilson had the arduous role of selecting the York Botanic Art Prize 2023 winner from the 45 accomplished finalists works presented for exhibition. On behalf of the judges panel we are pleased to announce the 2023 York Botanic Art Prize winner:
Jennifer Cochranes' piece Sleeper self-portrait #10.
Judges commented: "We were drawn to the simplicity of Jennifer Cochrane's sculpture; "Sleeper Self-portrait #10", belies all that this work captures. This artwork was able to evoke many responses from the judges. There was an immediate acknowledgement of its simplicity of form. It was also clear that the artist still wanted to fully appreciate the material for what it once was, a discarded and reclaimed, railway sleeper. This sculpture challenges the viewer by drawing them in as this work has you considering the tree from which this sleeper was hewn and then wondering about the echo of a memory, of how once these giant eucalypts surrounded all of what we now know as the city of Perth. How this vast forrest would have sustained all that once lived in it, at that time and how that forrest can never be what it was, ever again. There is sadness in this artwork but Jennifer's choice of finish - whilst appearing simple - is beautifully poignant and carefully considered. There has been a clear process of moving away from the material on offer, but it's Jennifer's return to it that shows how captivating this subject matter is to her, with still so much more to explore. Well done, Jennifer!"
47 finalists selected for the 2023 York Botanic Art Prize!
The panel comprising Dr Joanne Baitz, Rohin Kickett and Holly Story had the difficult job of selecting the finalists from 175 entries received from around Australia.
1st prize: $11,000
York Wildflower Society's People's Choice Award: $1,000
The winner will be announced by our Patron Professor Josh Byrne, Environmental Scientist and Presenter, ABC Gardening Australia at the opening at 1pm on 26 November. The exhibition will run through to 31 January and the People's Choice Award will be announced 27 January 2024.
Amanda Andlee Poland
Shin-I (Juliet) Tang
Tineke Van der Eecken
Botanical art in the expanded field.
Submit your entry to the 2023 York Botanic Art Prize prize by 11:59pm 6th August 2023. Shortlist of finalists will be announced before 31st August.
The winner will be announced at the opening on 26th November.
With environmental scientist and presenter of ABC's Gardening Australia, Professor Josh Byrne as Patron, the profile of the York Botanic Art Prize continues to grow. Judging panel in 2023 includes Dr Laetitia Wilson, Professor Fiona Stanley and Ron Bradfield Jnr.
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The York Botanic Art Prize is supported by the Wildflower Society of Western Australia.