The annual Hornsby Art Prize stems from a partnership between Hornsby Shire Council and Hornsby Art Society. Each year people around Australia submit their works to the competition, allowing those by local artists to be presented within Australia's national art movement. In 2012, there are five categories: painting, drawing and printmaking, sculpture, senior youth art and junior youth art. The overall winner will receive a prize worth over $7000 (which includes $5000 cash) and their work will be permanently acquired by Hornsby Shire Council. The total prize pool is worth over $15,000.
Entries to the prize closed on Monday October 8, so now it's time to get ready for the Hornsby Art Prize Exhibition. The event will begin on Tuesday November 13 and run to Sunday November 25. It will be held Hornsby Council's Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, which lies between the Hornsby and Waitara train stations, next to Willow Park.
During the exhibition's first week, all entries will be on display throughout the centre. If you visit in the second week however, you will only be able to view the winning works (as judged by Mr Ulric Steiner, Ms Tracy Smith and Ms Judith White). These will be found in the centre's Verandah Gallery. Whenever you choose attend, remember to vote for your favourite artwork by collecting and completing a nomination form.
The exhibition will be open at the following times: Tuesday 13 November: 3pm – 7pm Wednesday 14 November – Saturday 24 November: 10am – 7pm Saturday 17 November: 10am – 6pm
Sunday 25 November: 10am – 4pm
This event is part of Hornsby Shire's Festival of the Arts, which began on Saturday October 13 and will go to Sunday 25 November. Visit the council website for information on other attractions. These will include other visual art events, as well as literary events like author talks and workshops, cultural events like a weiqi workshop, and performances such as Brooklyn's Theatre in the Park, where you can watch one of Agatha Christie's murder mysteries being performed near the Hawkesbury River.