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ECU graduate wins coveted art award

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

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Congratulations to Media Support Officer and Visual Arts Graduate, Mr Graeme Burge, who was recently announced as the winner of the 2010 Joondalup Invitation Art Award for his piece entitled, ‘Totem for a Herd with Branded Hide, Swearing at the Sun’.

Established by the City of Joondalup, the award is open to professional artists throughout Western Australia, with the aim to provide local community members with access to high quality artworks from across the state.

More than 30 professional artists were nominated for the award with Mr Burge taking out the grand prize valued at $12,500, which is one of the largest art award cash prizes in Australia.

Senior Lecturer and Sculpture Studies Coordinator, Dr Nien Schwarz, congratulates Mr Burge on winning this prestigious WA arts competition.

“Graeme's week-by-week efforts to complete this ambitious work have been shaped by his passion, persistence, commitment and professionalism.”

“The research he puts into developing the sculptural form with cast glass details is exactly what we like to see in recent graduates, and he is a fantastic role model for aspiring young artists,” said Dr Schwarz.

The awards were judged by Curatorial Manager and Acting Director of John Curtin Gallery, Mr Chris Malcolm and artists Paul Caporn and Kate McMillan.

Mr Burge’s winning piece is on display at the 2010 Invitation Art Award Exhibition which finishes on Saturday, 30 October 2010 at the Lakeside Joondalup Shopping Centre.

For more information on the awards, and to see the full list of nominees visit the City of Joondalup website.

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