Collie Art Prize to draw many visitors

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray looks over some of the artwork on display at Collie Art Gallery with gallery chairwoman Trudi Curran.
Camera IconCollie-Preston MLA Mick Murray looks over some of the artwork on display at Collie Art Gallery with gallery chairwoman Trudi Curran. Credit: Callum Hunter

The Collie Art Prize, one of Australia’s richest regional art prizes, is back for its second instalment and is set to help drive the town’s reinvention.

First launched in 2018, the inaugural event’s $50,000 prize attracted more than 500 entries from artists around Australia and drew more than 650 visitors to the town during the six-week finalist display period.

Collie Art Gallery chairwoman Trudi Curran said this edition of the event was exciting given the first edition was a “complete unknown” when it was launched.

“We were so excited and pleased when we got so many entries and so many people becoming involved and engaged,” she said.

“From the last event we have a lot of contacts and a lot of emails from a lot of artists so it will make it easier to get it out there.”

Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray was on hand to help launch the event on Friday and said the future of Collie was looking bright with all of the ongoing projects, the art prize being just one.

“We’re pushing out into another area so we’re not so reliant on the coal industry,” he said.

“Coal has been the backbone (of the town) and as that winds down, we need to fill the gap...the future is very bright.”

Entries will open on October 31.

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