Media release: Thursday, 25 September 2014
One of the most popular exhibitions to visit Canberra each year is on again, with top entries in the prestigious Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize now on show at the National Archives.
As the only location outside of Adelaide to host the winning works, the National Archives sees visitors returning year after year to view the extraordinary paintings, works on paper and sculptures.
The Canberra exhibition presents the top 33 winning and highly commended works, selected from 627 entries from 11 countries. 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 that inspire the creative process.
This year, climate change, natural wonders and species loss are among the themes boldly explored by the competition finalists. The combined prize moneys total more than $100,000, with an overall acquisitive winner's prize of $50,000 and category prizes of $12,000 each for paintings, works on paper and sculpture and objects. The Waterhouse Youth Art Prize, the People's Choice award and the price for excellence in science communication are each worth $5,000.
'This is certainly one of the most popular exhibitions we host,' said David Fricker, Director-General of the National Archives. 'It perfectly complements the Canberra season of Floriade as they both highlight the natural beauty around us. Local residents return year after year to see the most recent winners.'
A painting on canvas with a collage of cut and torn papers, High Tide, Wynnum by Carole King from Maudsland, Queensland, is this year's $50,000 overall winner.
The exhibition is on show at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes, ACT from Friday 26 September until Sunday 9 November 2013.
NOTE TO ED: High-resolution images can be downloaded from www.naa.gov.au/about-us/media/images/2014-waterhouse/index.aspx