Your correspondent was invited to the launch of the Waterhouse Prize last night at the National Archives and duly trotted along to see what it’s all about.
The Waterhouse Natural History Art prize describes itself thusly:
The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize™ is Australia’s richest prize for natural history art, boasting a total prize pool of $114,500. Each year entries are invited in three categories: Paintings, Works on Paper and Sculpture & Objects. Young artists are also encouraged to enter in the Waterhouse Youth Art Prize, a special section for artists aged 16-25 years.
In the ten years since the inception of the prize, the Waterhouse Art Prize™ has injected over $1million back into the arts community, and changed the lives of many. More than 6,500 entries have been received from 29 different countries.
Canberra is the only place outside of Adelaide to exhibit the prize.
So what is a “Natural History” Art exhibition?
Basically it’s art without people in it. (There is one piece with a person in it, perhaps the strongest on display just to show all rules can be broken)
So as a punter you’re getting a beautiful exhibit of new modern art, for free.
It’s clever, thought provoking, often very beautiful work on display here.
Particularly if you work in Barton this is a great way to spend lunch.
(And a quirky icebreaker for that office colleague you’ve been trying to figure out how to ask out)
Any excuse to spend time in the beautiful archives building is well spent. So for the non-barton toilers I give it a big thumbs up for a weekend excursion.