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BIBLIO-ART 2016 Awards Night

A HUGE night was had last night.

A friendly but intimidating crowd gathers for the prize announcements!
A friendly but intimidating crowd gathers for the prize announcements!

We didn’t count the people through the door, but estimates are at more than 150! Prize winners were announced, and they are:

Detail from Sinead Murphy's winning piece, "Simple Life. Repeat."
Detail from Sinead Murphy’s winning work, ‘Simple Life. Repeat.’
Sinead Murphy with her Grand Prize winning piece.
Sinead Murphy with her artwork.

Grand Prize ($1500) – Sinead Murphy ‘Simple Life. Repeat.’
This is BiblioArt history – as she’s now taken out the Grand Prize for two consecutive years! Sinead’s work was multi-layered, deeply considered and responded well to her chosen book. It was inspired by Yasin of Arabia – An Encyclopaedia Britannica True-to-Life Book. Her artist statement is as follows:
Yasin of Arabia details a day in the very simple life of a Jordanian family. When reading the book, I found repetition in shapes a common visual – herds of sheep, walls of bricks, patterns in traditional woven rugs; but also repetition in the daily tasks that form their simple life. The repetition of simple shapes within the artwork are a representation of this. The construction and the shape of each piece references the beautiful woven rugs made by the women in the family. A neutral base palette, which references the arid land and ancient sone villages, is then contrasted with colour. I limited the use of colour to only what I could find in the book – which is surprisingly bright and positive.”
Sinead runs a graphic design business, Lovelock Studio in Warrnambool.


Biblio-Art 2016 entry - 'Sit and Listen' by Liz Gannon. Inspired by the Children's Treasury.
‘Sit and Listen’ by Liz Gannon.

Bluestone Magazine’s Local Art Award ($500) – Liz Gannon, ‘Sit and Listen’
Bluestone chose this piece for its visual impact, for the dynamic use of materials, and for the way Liz employed the book in creating an unusual and standout piece for this competition. Her artist statement is as follows:
“I chose a children’s story book because I want to use something fun and colourful for my piece of furniture. What I loved most about this particular book is that its in black and white, but through its life it has been coloured in by (I’m assuming) the children who owned it. I was also looking for a small, unusual chair to capture the fun and personality of a child, which I’m confident I achieved. The images were scanned and manipulated specifically for the shape of the chair.”
Liz Gannon has an art studio in Warrnambool, and her website is here.

The Amazing Georgiana by Helen Fitzhardinge.
‘The Amazing Georgiana’ by Helen Fitzhardinge.

Blarney Books & Art’s Storyteller’s Award ($250) – Helen Fitzhardinge ‘The Amazing Georgiana’
The inspiration for this work was the book, Portrait with Background by Alexandra Hasluck. For Helen, this has been one of those books which has led to further research and discovery, and the enjoyment in this response is palpable in her work. This is a thoughtful and meticulous work, and its presentation invites closer inspection. Her statement follows:
“Raised as a leisured gentlewoman, Georgiana Molloy became a pioneer settler of Western Australia. With minimal servant aid she attended to all of the duties associated with running her household. Yet when asked by an English horticulturalist she found time to explore the bush and collect native plant and seed. She became a passionate, self-taught botanist, carefully cleaning and cataloguing her specimens before sending the results to delighted English horticulturalists. Georgiana collected over a thousand specimens, thus becoming a major contributor to the botanical knowledge of Australia. Unfortunately, this amazing woman has had little recognition for her achievements.”
Helen lives a creative life in Terang, and, notably, has previously won the Storyteller’s Award as well.


Leaping through the Pages by Finn Radley (11 years old)
‘Leaping through the Pages’ by Finn Radley (11 years old)

Blarney Books & Art Under 18 Award ($250) – Finn Radley ‘Leaping Through the Pages’
Finn is 11 years old, and is lucky enough to come from a family of artists. This piece was inspired by Girl’s Choice – A Collection of Stories.

World's Greatest Wonders by James McGrath
‘World’s Greatest Wonders’ by James McGrath

Blarney Books & Art Everyone’s a Winner Prize ($250) – James McGrath ‘World’s Greatest Wonders’
This prize is a draw from a hat, in an effort to show how we feel about this exhibition – that each of the entries is a winning entry. Congratulations to James on a wonderful pair of works (which sold on opening night)! His statement is as follows:
“The World’s Greatest Wonders as seen through the eyes of the 1960s, with black and white photography. My idea was to depict the deterioration of these symbolic and monumental structures.”

Congratulations all! Special thank you to our wonderful 2016 judges, Dianne Longley of Agave Print Studio in Trentham, and Jo Grant of Regional Arts Victoria.





Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend

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