Stockland sets out to inspire emerging female artists

Stockland is sponsoring the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize for a fourth consecutive year, with the aim of inspiring a new generation of female artists to pick up their paint brushes, pencils, modelling clay or digital medium of choice and enter.

The annual prize was launched in 2017 to advance art and opportunity for both established and emerging female artists in Australia. It remains the highest value professional artist prize for women in the country.

The Emerging Artist Prize of $5,000 is open to women over the age of 18. There are also a separate Professional Artist Prize with a first prize of $35,000 on offer. A new third category for this year has been announced as the Indigenous Emerging Artist Prize, with a value of $5,000. Entries for all three categories close on Wednesday 18 March, with winners to be announced at an awards ceremony on Friday 29 May.*

Michelle Abbey, GM of Retail, Stockland, said: “Stockland is part of some of the most culturally rich and diverse communities across Australia and we know there is exceptional artistic talent in metropolitan and regional areas that deserves to be discovered. 

“We want to play our small part to encourage more women to step forward and show Australia and the world their unique talent.”

Anne Johnstone, Principal at Ravenswood School for Girls, said: We are delighted to once again inspire emerging female visual artists with the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize. This significant art prize will strengthen the profile and legitimacy of careers in art for current and future generations of Australian women.”

In addition to sponsoring the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize, Stockland is planning a series of special events and art workshops at 13 of its town centres across New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland to encourage and inspire artistic expression at a grass roots level. 

Stockland Cairns will offer two free ‘women in art’ workshops led by local well-known FNQ Indigenous exhibition curator and designer, Trish Barnard. 

The workshops will be offered on Thursday 20 February and Thursday 27 February from 6pm to 8pm, opposite BCC Cinemas. Trish will guide participants through Indigenous-style drawing and painting using traditional techniques and materials such as charcoal, oils, pencils and paint. Both workshops require sign up in advance and spaces are limited.**

Mrs Abbey continued: “We want to inspire emerging artists of all ages, both female and male. 

“Australia has a very rich artistic tradition and has produced some of the biggest and brightest names in the art world with luminaries such as Whitely, Nolan, Boyd and Streeton to name a few. We think there should be a lot more female names on this list, so we want to bring people more hands-on experiences of artistic expression.”      

*Please visit: www.ravenswoodartprize.com.au/artprize/home for more details on the art prize and to enter.

**Please visit www.stockland.com.au/cairns for more information on local workshops and to secure your spot.


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