“Bellingen’s much loved art competition has returned for 2021 with great success,” says EJ Mantova Memorial Art Prize organiser Jackie Lee, (pictured above left, with fellow organiser Morann Paterson). The Bellingen Shire and neighbouring regions have rallied together to ensure the EJ Memorial Art Competition cements its’ place as an integral part of the Bellingen Show and creative mid north coast. The only interruptions to this community supported art competition over the past 45 years has been flood and covid.
The diverse artistic practice of the residents living in this creative region of NSW is evident on the walls of the gallery. Artworks depict family, our beautiful coastline, the vastness of the landscape, objects found in our homes, memories of travel, our abundant wildlife and magnificent forests. Techniques include oil painting, print making, fibre art, colour pencil drawing, watercolour, ceramics, wood work, acrylic painting, ink wash.
A covid safe opening was held on Saturday 1 May. In attendance were many of the participating artists, their family and friends, eager to hear which artworks were to be prize winners for 2021. The competition is structured into five categories being: Landscape/Seascape, Watercolour, Open, Drawing and Sculpture. Within each category, artists have the opportunity to receive one of two encouragement awards, one of two highly commended awards, a second prize and a first prize.
The EJ Memorial Art Competition is organised by a team of volunteers who are dedicated to ensuring that artists of the region have the opportunity to communicate to a broader community through their artmaking practice. The competition runs in conjunction with the Bellinger River Agricultural Show. A huge thank you to this year’s judge, a member of the curating team at the Coffs Harbour Regional Art Gallery.
The prize recipients for 2021 are:
1st Stephen Leek
2nd Chris Hundt
1st Chris Hundt
2nd Guus Bruneerkreef
1st Marta Briones
2nd Ivinnie Brown
1st Carole Helman
2nd Lilyanna Anderson
1st John Tuckwell
2nd Bruce Booker
For a full list of awards winners, visit: www.bellingenshow.com.au
The opportunity to view the EJ Memorial Art Competition is available to all. Visit the Bellinger River Agricultural show on Saturday 8thMay and Sunday 9thMay 2021. There is no greater way to connect with our community.
Author and EJ Memorial Art Competition coordinator: Jackie Lee