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Miniature Art Awards 2015

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by Gary Brown (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics. I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
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Miniature Art at its National best for 2015
The painting of art in a miniature form has been around for hundreds of years and were popular among 16th-century elites. Some of them used to have portraits done of themselves or loved ones so that they could keep them on their person.

A display case with 18th-century portrait miniatures at the National Museum in Warsaw. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

In the Western world, the earliest examples can be found in the illuminated capital letters of church manuscripts. The letters were often decorated in pure gold leaf and around them were pictures of everyday life, or from the Bible.

Australia has a long history of the miniature from our earliest days, and our libraries and State Galleries have fine collections. There is a tremendous interest in the art form today throughout the world and it has blossomed to encompass many mediums and subjects.

The Australian Society of Miniature Art (NSW) Inc. Courtesy of exhibitor.

The Australian Society of Miniature Art (NSW) Inc will be holding the 2015 National Awards Exhibition at the Ewart Gallery, Workshop Arts Centre at Willoughby.

The offical opening will be from 6.30pm on Friday the 26th of June and will continue until Sunday the 11th of July.

There will be a number of categories that will be judged by Cherry Hood and renowned artist who won the Archibald prize in 2002.

Those categories/sponsors/prizes are as follows:

1. Drawing
Sponsor: Faber Castell
Prize: Mixed media set in wooden presentation box value $500

2. Watercolour/Gouache
Sponsor: The Art Scene
Prize: $200 voucher

3. Printmaking
Sponsor: S&S Wholesale
Prize: Printmaking paper value $250

4. Oil
Sponsor: Art Spectrum
Prize: $250 Voucher

5. Acrylics
Sponsor: Derivan
Prize: $500 Voucher

6. 3D Works & Books
Sponsor: The Art Scene
Prize: $200 Voucher

7. Mixed Media
Sponsor: Chroma Australia
Prize: $200 Voucher

ASMA 2014 National Section Award Winners. Photo courtesy of ASMA.

There will also be Special Prizes awarded that will be selected from all categories. They are as follows:

The Margaret Wills Award for the Best in Show $1000 cash.

The Janine Bravery OAM Award for Most Innovative Work $500 cash

The Yvonne Perrin Memorial Award for Best Traditional Work $500 cash

The Coleman Award for The Human Form (any medium) $500 cash

The Founders and Members Fund Award for Imaginative Drawing $300 cash

ASMA 2014 National Special Awards Winners. Photo courtesy of the ASMA.

This annual exhibition is free and open to all comers. Whether you are a member or not. This exhibition will showcase a unique collection of exquisite artworks which are diverse in style and technique.

Whether the artwork is a painting, a drawing, printmaking, handmade books or sculpture, they all have to be 10cm square or smaller and all works for this exhibition must have been completed less than 2 years ago and not previously exhibited with ASMA (NSW) Inc.

For more about the definition of what miniature art is, you can click here to find out and to give you an idea of the range and quality of works that were entered into the 2014 exhibition, you can take a look at some more of the winners below.

ASMA 2014 National Highly Commended Award Winners. Photo courtesy of the ASMA.

If you would like to view more of the excellent creations of miniature art, you can click here to go to the Australian Society of Miniature Art (NSW) Inc gallery and just scroll down.

All works in the exhibition are for sale and while there you may see a piece of work that takes your attention and you would like to purchase it.

Maybe you too will be inspired by these amazing Miniature Art works and you would like to learn more you can click here for more information.

So, if you would like to have the chance to view a collection of entries into the 2015 National Awards Exhibiton of miniature art, I would suggest that you put this exhibition into you diary.
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Why? Learn more about the art of Miniature Art.
When: Official Opening Friday 26th of June. Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm. Staurday 10am to 3.00pm. Closed Sundays.
Where: Ewart Gallery
Cost: Free and open to the public. You can also purchase some of the paintings.
Your Comment
Thanks Gary. Most interesting. You have widened my knowledge about art styles in a narrowing kinda way.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4067) 1480 days ago
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