The National Archives will be hosting the top 33 entries from the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize from the 20th of September. The competition explores science through art, and the National Archives is fortunate to be the only space outside of Adelaide to get the chance to host the works.
‘We’re delighted to partner with the South Australia Museum again this year and to host this world class exhibition,’ said David Fricker, Director-General of the National Archives. ‘It is particularly fitting that we have the top entries here during Floriade when so many locals and visitors are keenly aware of the natural beauty that surrounds us.
‘We also feel honoured that top nature photographer Steve Parish has accepted our invitation to open the exhibition.’
An intricate lace cape Flight of Fancy, created by South Australian artist Judith Brown from bulbs, leaves and paper, is this year’s overall winner – and also received the People’s Choice award.
The judges described it as ‘a work of singular originality and rare beauty’.
Sculpture is a strong feature this year, with works of glass, ceramic, paper, timber, silver and gold among the prize winners. Indigenous works feature among the winning paintings, while works on paper include an array of imaginative creations.
The exhibition is on show at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes, ACT from 20 September until 10 November 2013.
[Art by Zoe Woods, Microcosm Series – Blue blown glass, wheel cut]