The Collie Art Gallery’s inaugural open and combined art and photography competition, Selfies, officially opened last Friday evening, 16 October 2015, in front of competition finalists, Friends of the Gallery and invited guests.
A total prize pool of $1500 across six categories was generously donated by Collie River Valley Marketing Inc, which has run several photographic and YouTube competitions over the years.
Councillor Sarah Stanley said the Collie River Valley Marketing committee jumped at the opportunity to partner with the new gallery in its first-ever competition.
“We recognised that the advocacy of our local residents was so important in achieving our aim of promoting Collie as a great place to live, visit and invest,” said Cr Stanley. “This competition was an opportunity for people of all ages to stop and think about why it is that they love to live in this beautiful part of the world and their place within it.”
The competition attracted over 75 entries with a surprisingly diverse array of colours, mediums and approaches to the self-portrait. The competition attracted local, regional and interstate attention with entries from Margaret River, Busselton, Bunbury and Sydney standing alongside the work of local artists. Students from St Brigid’s Primary School, Fairview Primary School and Collie Senior High School were among the local entrants.
Selfie competition entries were augmented by four significant self-portrait works on loan from the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries.
The Collie Art Gallery’s Joshua Thomason said it was wonderful to see the gallery packed with people of all ages.
“For many, it was their first time into the gallery,” said Mr Thomason. “So that alone meant the exhibition was a great success.
“The Selfies exhibition represents a wonderful collaboration between individuals and the gallery whilst also building community partnerships,” he said. “We’re hoping it was become an annual event.
“The gallery frames used for the digital entrants donated by Premier Coal are designed to be used time and time again. Reams of photographic paper donated by Bunbury Camera House enables an interactive component of the exhibition where viewers have the chance to disguise themselves before having their selfie printed on site to join the exhibition.”
And the winners are:
1st Oscar Pernich
2nd Jack Costa
Highly Commended Lachlan wood
High School Digital
1st Belle Ramshaw
2nd Kayden Pola
Highly Commended Philly Simpson
High School Drawing
1st Cathryn Patmore
Highly Commended Ashby Sanford
1st Lori Pensini
2nd Tammy Watson
Highly Commended Shirley Hughes
1st Chris Williamson
2nd Richard Fry
Highly Commended Keon Hall & Fran Dorozenko
The Collie Art Gallery is open Thursdays-Mondays, 11am-5pm. Selfie exhibition is on show until the 29th of November. Contact the gallery on (08) 9734 2921 for more information.