Prize-winning artworks at the National Archives

Media release: Friday, 18 September 2009

The 33 prize-winning and highly commended artworks from Australia's richest natural history art competition, the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, went on show at the National Archives in Canberra on 24 September 2009.

On display are paintings, works on paper, sculpture and objects that reflect and celebrate the beauty and fragility of the natural world. The National Archives is the only venue outside Adelaide to host the exhibition.

This year's competition attracted 837 entries, outstripping last year's record by almost 150 artworks. Only the prize-winners and highly commended works will be seen in Canberra. Two of the artists have Canberra links – overall winner Matilda Michell, of Sydney, grew up in Canberra and Nicola Main lives in the national capital.

Waterhouse judge, the Head Curator of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Barry Pearce, will open the exhibition. 'Despite the restricted subject matter, the artists came up with an amazing diversity of interpretations. It shows that the creative spirit is alive and well', he said. 

The other judges were well-known artist Garry Shead, Director of the South Australian Museum Dr Suzanne Miller, and Director of Public Programs at the National Archives Zoe D'Arcy.

The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize is a travelling exhibition from the South Australian Museum.

Media viewing of the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize

Date: Thursday 24 September
Time: 10.30am – 11.30am
Place: National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes ACT 2600

Barry Pearce and Zoe D'Arcy are available for interview and high-resolution images can be downloaded.

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