South Australia enriched by award winning art

By / 11th of August, 2017
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TWO lucrative art prizes were awarded this week in Adelaide, South Australia.  

The South Australia Museum hosted the annual Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year while next door on North Terrace the Art Gallery of South Australia awarded the People’s Choice award for its Ramsay Art Prize.

The 21 national finalists of the Ramsay Art Prize have been showing since May with visitors voting Julie Fragar’s Goose Chase: All of Us Together Here and Nowhere their favourite for the $15,000 Lipman Karas People’s Choice award.

“I am blown away by the support I’ve received from visitors to the 2017 Ramsay Art Prize,” said Fragar.

The Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia, Nick Mitzevich said the People’s choice winner demonstrates how adventurous our visitors are.

“This painting is not a straightforward representation, it is materially and conceptually layered and has obviously struck a chord with people because of its great technical prowess and its sense of mystery,” he said.

The 2017 Ramsay Art Prize runs until 27 August 2017.

The Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year event hosted by the South Australian Museum showcases images of the natural heritage of Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea.

The 2017 winner was New South Welshmen photographer Justin Gilligan with his photo Predatory Pursuit, below.

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Gilligan won $10,000 and a trip to Antarctica for capturing the moment an octopus devours its prey off the coast of Tasmania.

“This octopus was behaving like an excited child in a candy store trying to work out which crab to consume - its eyes were definitely bigger than its belly,” Gilligan said.

South Australian Julie Fletcher was a winner in the Landscape section. Fletcher’s photo was an portrait, below, taken at Lake Eyre in South Australia’s upper north.

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The exhibition continues until 24 September.

Art is at the center of South Australian life in August as the South Australian Living Artists festival takes over the state with more than 6000 artists exhibiting at 560 venues across the state.