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Who will be the artist of the year?

By johnboy - 11 November 2008 16

Chief Minister Stanhope is calling for entries for the “CityNews Canberra Artist of the Year Award”:

    “I encourage all Canberrans who value and treasure the role artists play in our city’s life to nominate a local arts practitioner for CityNews Canberra Artist of the Year,” Mr Stanhope said.

    “Nominations can be made for individuals practising in any art form and working within a 100-kilometre radius of Canberra.”

    Nominations can be made by email to jorian@citynews.com.au by close of business Friday November 21. Nominations should include contact details and a few paragraphs in support of the nomination.

Apparently this is CityNews’ first year sponsoring the 15 year old prize.

The winner will be announced at the Canberra Critics’ Circle Awards on December 9.

Can anyone provide more details of the Canberra Critics’ Circle as they appear to have a very limited online presence? Is it just Jorian Gardner, Helen Musa, and Stuart Roberts meeting for a drink or is there more to it?

UPDATED: Jorian Gardner has sent in the following:

    CANBERRA’S pre-eminent Artist of the Year Award will this year be judged directly by the Canberra Critics’ Circle under a new sponsorship by “CityNews”.

    The award is the major honour at the annual Canberra Critics Circle Awards night presentation of the region’s premier arts prizes. It will be held this year in the Canberra Museum and Gallery on December 9.

    For the first time in its 15-year history, a panel of reviewers from the Canberra Critics’ Circle will select the top award and the public and the arts community are encouraged to nominate candidates.

    The $1000 award honours the creativity and excellence of an outstanding Canberra artist in any art form. The artist should be a person working within a 100km radius of Canberra who has, in the past 12 months, added lustre to the reputation of the national capital through inspiring art practice.

    “We jumped at the chance of sponsoring the Canberra Artist of the Year award,” said “CityNews” editor Ian Meikle.

    “We wanted to publicly reaffirm our relationship with the arts community and underscore the paper’s long-standing commitment to covering the arts scene with local, engaged writers and critics. We know our readers like it and I think they will share the pride we have in supporting this splendid award.

    “We’re also pleased that the Critics’ Circle is prepared to take on the judging role. It was important to us that the award be seen as having the widest-possible input.”

    “CityNews” readers are invited to nominate artists by email to jorian@citynews.com.au by close of business, Friday, November 21. Please include contact details and a few paragraphs as to why your nominee should
    be considered for the award.

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16 Responses to
Who will be the artist of the year?
E.L.K 12:26 am 24 Nov 08

oh I swashbuckle, dont you worry (:

Granny 12:11 am 24 Nov 08

Well, I’m glad they’re not going to arrest you anyway, although I am a bit disappointed at the general lack of swashbucklingness.

: )

E.L.K 9:56 pm 23 Nov 08

Thanks for the thought granny, but i think it’s too late (I hope someone did).

I don’t think your an ignoramus either, its just the whole generation gap thing maybe, who knows?

Cheers

Granny 11:38 am 23 Nov 08

Well, I am certainly the ignoramus you might think I am!

*chuckle*

I would nominate you if I knew how. Is it too late?

poptop 9:20 am 23 Nov 08

So you’re not the Antipodean Banksy?

Never mind. I still want the proposed Stanhope work.

E.L.K 1:47 am 23 Nov 08

Granny said :

*chuckle*

Well, you do deserve to win. Wouldn’t they arrest you, or something, when you turned up to collect your award?

Sorry to break this to you granny….. but i’m not the underground vigilante you might think I am

Granny 6:27 am 22 Nov 08

*chuckle*

Well, you do deserve to win. Wouldn’t they arrest you, or something, when you turned up to collect your award?

E.L.K 2:34 am 22 Nov 08

RE: I nominate the artist that captured steve’s attempt at graffiti cleanup, with a graffiti mural.

You should nominate him, he’s very talented.

Thumper 8:18 am 12 Nov 08

That bloke with the Mr Rudd sign on Northbourne? I think I glimpsed the word surplus on the placard but i’m not sure.

Anyone know what he’s protesting about?

barking toad 5:24 pm 11 Nov 08

I’d nominate the bloke that got the shits on the way to the metal recycling place and dumped his girders on the side of the one lane road.

Hippies think it’s art.

Or the gays that tied tupperware to lamp posts.

fabforty 2:20 pm 11 Nov 08

The Mr Rudd sign guy on Northbourne Avenue gets my vote – not sure of the category though. Performance Art ?

I also agree with Astrojax about the ACTION timetable but think some kind of literary prize might be more apt. Perhaps “best fictional work” or “best fantasy concept”.

poptop 1:53 pm 11 Nov 08

Are we going to attempt an artistic ballot stuffing?

astrojax 1:46 pm 11 Nov 08

the dude in red. or the dude did the ‘fragile’ sculpture. or the coloured drums. or the people responsible for the new action timetables – some real art…

peterh 1:09 pm 11 Nov 08

amarooresident said :

Is ruining someone elses art, in order to make a statement eligible? If so I nominate Steve Pratt.

I nominate the artist that captured steve’s attempt at graffiti cleanup, with a graffiti mural.

amarooresident 11:43 am 11 Nov 08

Is ruining someone elses art, in order to make a statement eligible? If so I nominate Steve Pratt.

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