Artists encouraged to submit works

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2016 Kimberley Art Prize overall winner Benjamin Loaring with his wife Jodi at last year's event
Camera Icon2016 Kimberley Art Prize overall winner Benjamin Loaring with his wife Jodi at last year's event Credit: Sara Hennessy

Artists and photographers of the Kimberley are being invited to showcase their works in two award ceremonies taking place as part of Kimberley Creative Visual Arts Month.

The Shire of Derby/West Kimberley has called on local artists and photographers to submit their work into the Kimberley Art Prize and the Kimberley Photographic Award.

Since its conception in 1970, the Kimberley Art Prize has become one of the longest running regional art prizes in Western Australia, showcasing a diverse range of artistic talent from the region.

Award categories include Indigenous, Oils and Acrylics, Mixed Media, Boab Nut Carving, the Youth Award and the People’s Choice.

Judging the Kimberley Art Prize will be Dr Susanna Castleden, an award-winning artist, from the School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry at Curtin University in Perth. The Kimberley Art Prize exhibition opening and presentation evening will take place at the Derby Civic Centre on Saturday, July 7. Its sister ceremony, the Kimberley Photographic Award, will be in its seventh year and will be open to both amateur and professional photographers

The Kimberley Photographic Award will also feature the Smartphone “Snap and Send” category, allowing images to be submitted from a phone.

Other categories for the Kimberley Photographic Awards include Kimberley Landscapes, Creative/Altered Reality, Flora, Fauna, Youth and People’s Choice Awards.

Judging the Photographic Awards will be Australian Institute of Professional Photographers associate John Woodhouse.

The exhibition opening and presentation evening for the Kimberley Photographic Award will take place on Saturday, June 23, at the Derby Civic Centre.

Entries for the Kimberley Photographic Award close on June 13, while entries for the Kimberley Art Prize will close on June 27.

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