Winners Announced at Art Awards Opening Night

The City of Melville’s 2017 Art Awards take you on a journey through seascapes and streetscapes, to the far reaches of our diverse country and bring you back home again, according to this year’s Judges Mark Parfitt, Mark Stewart and Jo Darbyshire.

Impressed with the quality and diversity of entries, the Judges selected fourteen artworks for recognition at the opening night on Friday, 25 August 2017. City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey opened the City’s 41st Art Awards, revealing 250 artworks entered by WA artists and presenting the $14,000 prize pool to this year’s winners. 

“Congratulations to our 2017 winners and to those whose work has been highly commended by the judges; with such remarkable entries it was no doubt a difficult job for our judges to select the winners amongst such an impressive line-up,” he said.

“The City’s Annual Art Awards never fail to amaze me, bringing together the talent of seasoned artists, emerging artists and local students to collectively yield an exhibition of immense creative excellence.”

“Thank you to all the artists who have entered this year; the quality of the exhibition is testament to all of the individual’s dedication to their chosen practice, and without you we would not be able to offer our community this wonderful free annual event.”

“I encourage everyone to visit the exhibition and explore the gallery space; with one very important award still to be decided, don’t forget to vote for your favourite piece in the People’s Choice Award, which will see the winner receive a $1,000 prize at the close of the exhibition.”

The Art Awards exhibition and art sale is open to the public at the City of Melville Civic Centre, 10 Almondbury Road, Booragoon until Sunday, 3 September 2017. Open daily from 10.00am to 4.00pm, Monday to Saturday, and 10.00am to 2.00pm on Sunday, with buskers and live painting demonstrations during the weekend.

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2017 Art Award Winners:

Category: Open Award (Aquisitive)

Artist’s Name: Kate Clarke

Title of Artwork: Balance

Judges’ Comments: This exquisite work shows the power of paint. The artist has used encaustic, oils, crayon, pastel & shellac to create an abstract work which draws us in and allows us to imagine being in and over the landscape.



Artist’s Name: Marcia Hadlow

Title of Artwork: Stacks on the Mill

Judges’ Comments:This tiny work explores a delicate balance of pattern and poetry. The paint is luscious, the zebra mysterious, and the edges of the work are free and expressive.


Category: Works on Paper

Artist’s Name:Natsumi de Dianous

Title of Artwork:Dragon in the Grass

Judges’ Comments:Using paint, drawing and print, this work reveals the artists consciousness to the audience. Referring to a personal language of mark making, ‘Dragon in the Grass’ opens up a place that speaks of poetry and imagination.


Category: 3D Sculpture/Textile

Artist’s Name:Jane Ryan

Title of Artwork: Home and Family

Judges’ Comments: Balancing between the play of drawing and colour with a meticulous stitch process, this work evokes a love of home and the closeness of family.


Category:Youth (ages 15 to 18)

Artist: Abby Marshall

Title of Artwork: We’re all the same

Judges’ Comments: The eyes of this portrait haunt the viewer. They seem so resolute. Yet the way the hands have been treated, invite the viewer to look under the surface. A beautiful and brave work.


Category: Work by City of Melville Resident

Artist: Brad Durrant

Title of Artwork: Don’t look at me

Judges’ Comments: The artist has worked intensely in one area, drawing attention to the subjects hands, and creating a work which asks questions. A juxtaposition of traditional drawing technique and contemporary use of material.

Thank you to our sponsors Garden City Shopping Centre, Murdoch University and St John of God Murdoch Hospital.