Botanical art in the expanded field.
Expressions of interest are now invited for the York Botanic Art Prize 2021 from artists working across a range of mediums, including, and not limited to, painting, mixed media, works on paper, digital, video, photography, sculpture, and textiles.
Western Australia is renowned worldwide for its incredible diversity of plant life, with some of the richest biodiversity on the planet and a large percentage of species being endemic to this land. The York Botanic Art Prize, now in its second year, was conceived to celebrate this abundance of unique flora and highlight the importance of its conservation in the face of increasing threats.
Botanical art in Australia has undergone somewhat of a renaissance in the last 10 years; however, unlike other botanical art prizes, we're not looking for scientific illustrations nor necessarily representative work - the only limitation being that work must directly relate to the theme of Western Australian flora and make reference to specific WA species. Artists whose work challenges traditional notions and conventions of botanical art, in a sense 'botanical art in the expanded field', are encouraged to enter.
The inaugural Prize received hundreds of expressions of interest from around Australia, with the 58 finalists representing the breadth and diversity of contemporary art practice. The winner of the inaugural Prize was Kirsten Hudson's work Requiem (Kalyakoorl), a handmade 16mm cameraless film that chronicles the five-month lifecycle of a field of Everlastings (Rhodanthe chlorosephala subsp. rosea), fulfilled this brief outstandingly. In awarding Requiem (Kalyakoorl) the Prize, the judges said "at a time when many of us are turning our work and interests towards the local, this four-minute film perfectly encapsulates how creativity can be utilised to investigate matters of profound complexity" .
People's Choice: $1,000
Finalists will be exhibited in York, Western Australia, at Gallery 152, 22 November 2021 - 23 January 2022.
The prize will be judged by Ryonen Butcher, Ted Snell, and Sharon Tassicker, with the winner announced at the formal opening on Sunday 21 November 2021.
Entries by Expression of Interest close Sunday 18 July 2021 11.59pm AWST.
Submit your EOI to: email@example.com
We acknowledge the Balladong Noongar People as the original custodians of this land. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
The York Botanic Art Prize is supported by the Wildflower Society of Western Australia.