Media release: Thursday, 31 October 2013
One of the most popular exhibitions to visit Canberra each year will close on Sunday 10 November. The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, on show at the National Archives in Canberra, features four local artists in the top 30 winning and highly commended entries, selected from a record 859 works from around the globe.
As one of Australia's richest art competitions, organised by the South Australian Museum, the Waterhouse is unique in its mission to encourage exploration of the sciences through high-calibre art. It is one of the most popular exhibitions at the National Archives each year, the only venue outside of Adelaide where it is shown. Comments in this year's visitors' book include 'absolutely inspirational', 'the winner is mindblowing', 'amazing creativity' and 'just can't miss this each year'.
Brenda Runnegar and Nicola Dickson of Canberra were both highly commended in the paintings category for Cactus and Gould's Australian Chintz II respectively. Matthew Curtis of Queanbeyan was highly commended in the sculpture and objects category for his glass work Diatom Pair and Steven Mark Holland from Michelago was also highly commended for his sculpture all things known, all things sensed.
An intricate lace cape Flight of Fancy, created by South Australian artist Judith Brown from bulbs, leaves and paper, was the overall winner and also won the People's Choice award, the first time the two prizes have coincided. The judges described her entry as 'a work of singular originality and rare beauty'.
The exhibition's last day at the National Archives, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes, ACT is Sunday 10 November.
Note to ed: High resolution images can be downloaded from www.naa.gov.au/about-us/media/images/2013-waterhouse/index.aspx