Sunday 6 November 2022
John Stringer Prize 2022 finalists, Amanda Bell and Bruno Booth, discuss their arts practice and the making of their new works for this annual exhibition.
Amanda Bell is an emerging Badimia and Yued artist living and working on Noongar Boodja in Busselton. Their artistic practice developed as an avenue for them to experience and explore their culture and the world around them. They found a voice through creativity, particularly with sculpture, installation art and portrait painting, which they use with the intention of honouring their people and communicating their feelings on contemporary issues facing Aboriginal people today.
Bruno Booth is a disabled artist living in Walyalup, Fremantle. Their constructed experiences poke fun at the assumptions many people have surrounding disability, while simultaneously leaving lasting impressions that engender a deeper response from the audience. Their recent work uses participation and large sculptural forms that challenge the able-bodied to navigate a world that is uncomfortable by design.
Date: Sunday 6 November 12.30pm – 1.30pm
For those who are able to help support our community with subsidised access to critical dialogue and cultural exchange we welcome combinations of $5 donations via Tap ‘n Go at the front desk.
Bruno Booth, Always room for one more on a sinking ship, 2022. Steel, aluminium, rubber, canvas, medical grade plastic, sewing, rope, steel wire, fixings. 199.2 x 63.5 x 75cm. John Stringer Prize. John Curtin Gallery. Photographer: Sue-Lyn Moyle.
John Curtin Gallery, Building 200A, Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley WA 6102
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JOHN STRINGER PRIZE
7 October – 4 December 2022
The John Stringer Prize was inaugurated by The Collectors Club in 2015 in celebration of the memory of one of Australia’s most acclaimed art curators, the late John Stringer. A long-term friend and mentor to its members, he established The Collectors Club in Perth in 1996 to promote informed collecting and patronage of Western Australian art. The John Stringer Prize strives to continue his important legacy and since 2018, the John Curtin Gallery has been proud to present this annual exhibition celebrating artists making a major impact on contemporary practice in Western Australia.
Each year, a panel of three leading arts professionals are tasked with selecting six Western Australian-based contemporary artists whose practices they deem worthy of recognition. The panellists for this year’s prize were: Helen Carroll, Manager, Wesfarmers Arts; Jane Chambers, Revealed curator, Fremantle Art Centre and Sarah Wall, curator, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA). The six artists are invited to produce a new artwork in any medium for inclusion in the exhibition. In the months leading up to the Prize, members of The Collectors Club visit each of the nominated artists’ studios and intimately come to know their work. Club members then vote at this exhibition by way of secret ballot to decide on the Prize recipient.
John Stringer Prize 2022 finalists are: Amanda Bell, Bruno Booth, Jacky Cheng, Guy Louden, Katie West and Holly Yoshida.