The 2016 Art Prize was a successful event with 296 art pieces submitted and 1742 visitors from far and wide who came to view the exhibition.
The closing of the 2016 Arts Prize Award has allowed votes for the People’s Choice Award to be tallied up. The winning piece is called, Where the Wind Takes You by local artist Sophia Ovens.
“I'm from the Garawa tribe from the Northern Territory. I started painting when I was 12, my mother and grandmother were the ones who first inspired me to take up painting,” she said.
“We moved to Kalgoorlie when I was 15, I later met my husband, a Kalgoorlie local and a member of the Wangkatha tribe.
“I developed my style from my cultural background and have been further inspired by growing up in Western Australia.”
CEO John Walker said the high quality of works entered in this year’s Art Prize by artists from across Australia was a reflection of the high esteem in which the event is regarded.
“We have had fantastic feedback from all the visitors to the exhibition, and we have had really high visitor numbers, which is great,” he said.
“The City is working hard to develop and grow this event, and to receive such fantastic feedback on the quality of the exhibition from visitors gives us a clear indication that the community values the Art Prize and the development of arts and culture in our City.