2019 Georges River Art Prize winners announced

28/10/2019

The winners of the 2019 Georges River Art Prize have been announced at the official exhibition opening at Hurstville Museum & Gallery on Friday 25 October. 
 
The second biennial Art Prize featured a Painting Prize and Sculpture Prize open to artists from across Australia, and a Local Artist Prize, Youth Prize and Little Artist Prize open to artists with a connection to the Georges River Area. 
 
At the exhibition opening, Georges River Council Mayor Kevin Greene said this year’s entries had exceeded all expectations, with a large number of entries of a very high standard.  
 
“With over $20,000 worth of prizes up for grabs, we received 340 entries across the different categories, which is a steady increase on entries from the inaugural Art Prize in 2017 and a testament to the enthusiasm and passion for the arts in our local area,” said Mayor Greene. 
 
“It gives me great pleasure to announce Leon Lester as the winner of the Georges River Prize for his work ‘The source of energy in everything’; and Julia Flanagan as the winner of the Sculpture Prize for her work ‘Everything I own’.  
 
“Our Local Artist Prize this year goes to Rebecca Trajkovski for her work ‘The board (series 4)’, who is also awarded a solo exhibition, which will take place at Hurstville Museum & Gallery, later in 2020. 
 
“I am also proud to announce Natalie Tsang as the winner of the Georges River Little Artist Prize for her work ‘Colour in the sea’ and Ann Yang as the winner of the Georges River Youth Prize for her work ‘Horse with his man’. 
 
“I’d like to congratulate this year’s winners and thank all the artists who entered work, to help make this year’s prize a resounding success. 
 
“The Georges River Art Prize is an important cultural event for our community and it affirms Council’s commitment to providing opportunities for artists to exhibit their work. 
 
“It is also a valuable addition to existing Sydney-based art prizes, and we’re very proud of the fact that it includes categories for young artists, which sets it apart from many other art prizes. 
 
“I’d like to also thank this year’s judges, Michael Hedger, Director of Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Christopher Hodges, Artist and founder of Utopia Art Sydney and Anne Ryan, Curator of Australian Prints, Drawings & Watercolours at the Art Gallery of New South Wales for providing their time to select winners,” added Mayor Greene. 
 
The winners and finalists’ works for the Georges River Art Prize and Sculpture Prize are on display at Hurstville Museum & Gallery until 30 January 2020, while the Georges River Youth Prize and Little Artist Prize works are on show at Kogarah Library and Service Centre until 30 January 2020.  
 
All visitors to both exhibitions are encouraged to vote for their favourite artists. Voting ends Saturday 11 January 2020. Those with the most votes will then be awarded the Georges River People’s Choice Prize and Favourite Young Artist Prize which will be announced online on 13 January 2020. 
 
For more information about the Georges River Art Prize, please visit Council’s Website at www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/GRAP  
 
Winners awarded 
 
Georges River Art Prize - $10,000 acquisitive

Winner: Leon Lester for The source of energy in everything
Highly commended: Jacqueline Balassa for Pine tree - Yellow Mountain
Highly commended: Elouise Roberts for Winter thistles
Highly commended: Stuart Watters for Timberland 
 
Georges River Sculpture Prize - $5,000

Winner: Julia Flanagan for Everything I own
Highly commended: Merran Esson for Autumn
Highly commended: Geoff Harvey for Sooty owl 
 
Georges River Local Artist Prize - $4,000 acquisitive and a solo exhibition

Winner: Rebecca Trajkovski for The board (series 4)

Georges River Little Artist Prize (7 - 12 years of age) - $200 materials voucher

Winner: Natalie Tsang for Colour in the sea
Highly commended: Mira Kwok for Mira had four little lambs
Highly commended: Serena Lin for By the windowsill
Highly commended: Dean Theodoropoulos for V8 Supersports 
 
Georges River Youth Prize (13 - 17 years of age) - $300 materials voucher

Winner: Ann Yang for Horse with his man
Highly commended: Grace Chan for Look away
Highly commended: Angela Lin for Summer 
Highly commended: Kai Xuan Yong for Trio daffodils 
 
Contact details: 
 
Hurstville Museum & Gallery is located at 14 MacMahon Street, Hurstville. Opening hours: Tuesday -Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm, Sunday 2.00pm - 5.00pm. Phone: 9330 6444 E-mail: museumgallery@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au