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GENERATOR - I HOPE I WIN $500

Generator: I Hope I Win $500 is a competition is supported by Liverpool City Council and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and recognises that for many people the challenges of avoiding COVID-19 has also sparked creativity.

Finalists are chosen each week until 30 June, judged on best responses to: the competition categories and life during the avoidance of COVID-19. The competition also includes a 1st prize of $500, 2nd prize of $200 and a 3rd prize of $100 in each of the six categories!

Now you just need to enter! Decide which category your entry fits best. You are welcome to submit more than one entry (limit 5 entries) on new entry forms. Capture a moment, or tell us a story or just show us how you are feeling - the categories are broad to encourage all types of entries.

Entries open NOW! (Entries close on 30 June)
Click here to access the entry form


CATEGORIES:

  • My Mood
  • Isolation Landscape - My view to the outside 
  • Funny - Make us LOL  
  • What I’m Grateful for 
  • My Colleagues at Home- furry or otherwise 
  • Visual Narrative- give us a story in 10 images or less  

For further information email reception@casulapowerhouse.com

Week 1 Finalists

Congratulations to the first set of finalists for GENERATOR - I HOPE I WIN $500.

Each week until the end of June we will be announcing the finalists selected from the previous weeks submissions to the competition. Winners will be selected from the finalists of each category and will be announced in July 2020.

Artist: Grace Ludemann
Artwork: Wash, Rinse, Repeat
Medium: Rotoscope animation made with Pencil, paper, iMovie
Category: My Mood
Connection to Liverpool: Lives in Wattlegrove
Description: I never realised how much routine governed my mood until we all moved inside and online. Without Tuesdays, business hours and weekends I'm drinking in my pyjamas at 3.30 in the afternoon. My only meaningful measure of time is the cycle of maintaining my curly hair routine now that I don't have to make it more 'professional' for work. In my animated self portrait, I use 20 hand drawn frames to represent my cycle of engagement, withdrawal, motivation and exhaustion measured against curly, wavy, stringy, limp tresses. Created to be played in a never ending loop, time starts to lose meaning. The low frame rate results in a pervasive flicker, mirroring our collective uncertainty. I used traditional materials and animation techniques to reflect our return to baking and making as we try to synthesise routine and meaning as the days blur together.


Ruby Phan_Unsettlement, Underline, Moving Above, Crossing Border, Backward Forward

Artist: Ruby Phan
Artwork: Unsettlement, Underline, Moving Above, Crossing Border, Backward Forward
Medium: Rotoscope animation made with Pencil, paper, iMovie
Category: Visual Narrative - Tell us a story in 10 images or less
Connection to Liverpool: Lives in Green Valley
Description: My Isolation Landscape is looking outside and in the sky. It gives me hope and tranquil in times of uncertainty, that each day will pass and tomorrow will be better. The colours of the sky passing throughout the day show the constant changes and that nothing will ever be the same. The idea that normal is ephemeral.


Lesley Richman_Morning Reflections

Artist: Lesley Richman
Artwork: Morning Reflection
Medium: Photograph
Category: Isolation Landscape - My view to the outside
Connection to Liverpool: Liverpool Arts Society
Description: This scene was from my early morning exercise walks while in isolation. Even when the world feels like it is upside down, some things are still amazing.


Stefanie Calos_Night Sky

Artist: Stefanie Calos
Artwork: Night Sky
Medium: Acrylic Mural
Category: What I'm Grateful for
Connection to Liverpool: Lives and works in Hoxton Park
Description: This mural I created for my childcare I work at. I am grateful I am still able to work during these hard times as well as doing something I love. This mural was made for the nursery room in the sleeping room for the babies and I am grateful to be given the opportunity to provide a comfy and relaxing space for the babies in care.


Katie Gillgren_Individuality

Artist: Katie Gillgren
Artwork: Individuality
Medium: Charcoal Drawing
Category: My Colleagues at Home- furry or otherwise
Connection to Liverpool: Lives in West Hoxton
Description: I chose this topic as I love to express to others what I’m grateful for in my life. Family and Friends are what I’m most grateful for.

Week 2 Finalists

Congratulations to the second set of finalists for GENERATOR - I HOPE I WIN $500.

Each week until the end of June we will be announcing the finalists selected from the previous weeks submissions to the competition. Winners will be selected from the finalists of each category and will be announced in July 2020.

Artist: Mersina Khatal
Artwork: Hoop Free Play
Medium: Video
Category: Isolation Landscape
Connection to Liverpool: Lives in Casula
Description: This video was in March the last day me and the kids had a play at the local Skate Park. Not much longer after that we were not allowed to play there … until further notice … it was the first time we had the park to ourselves. Here I felt worried for what lies ahead but also I felt free to hoop and video like nobody is watching


Artist: Michelle Gentle
Artwork: A handmade handbag
Medium: Materials
Category: What I'm Grateful for
Connection to Liverpool: Lives in Busby
Description: I am grateful for the extra time that I have had at home to sew whilst we have been practicing social distancing.  My daughter has become more interested in learning how to sew as well. I am also grateful that we can go out and shop for non essentials whilst still adhering to social distancing measures. The big bonus is the return of AFL to our tv screens next month.  We can’t go out to watch games but we can all scream as a family at the tv...lol.


Artist: Sandi Zabakly
Artwork: Autumn Leaf Angels
Medium: Photograph
Category: Funny - Make us LOL
Connection to Liverpool: Lives and works in Green Valley
Description: My husband and myself started our childcare business in February and it’s been quite challenging since COVID -19 hit us like a huge storm. What I am gratetful for is our family time, spent together enjoying nature. We spend our weekends exploring the beauty of nature that Liverpool City Council offers to us. We enjoy walking talking and taking photos to take back and show and tell the children at the childcare. Today we enjoyed making autumn leaf angels at the big park followed by visiting the Bush Tukker garden display in front of Casula Powerhouse. We love teaching our children about the importance of culture and community. We love how much Liverpool City Council offers families to be a part of. At work we are learning about “why do leafs fall” we found this a perfect opportunity to explore take photos of and take back to our children back at work to share with.


Artist: Glen op den Brouw
Artwork: Riding through the Pandemic
Medium: Photo's
Category: Visual Narrative - a story in 10 images
Connection to Liverpool: Belongs to the City of Liverpool & District Historical Society
Description: When Covid-19 forced the closure of the Whitlam Centre's pool, I was somewhat devastated. What to do? Dust off the bike and ride around Liverpool thats what I can do. Testing my endurance, I rode around the streets of Liverpool, many of which I'd never ventured through. Up and down dale, making many discoveries along my many morning meanderings.


Artist: Zoe Tomaras
Artwork: But it's ok
Medium: Poem
Category: My Mood
Connection to Liverpool: Attends curiousworks
Description: This piece of poetry came from ruminations around being isolated, being alone, and avoiding my thoughts.


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Artist: Fattaneh Esfandiari
Artwork: Dance
Medium: Embroidery
Category: My Mood
Connection to Liverpool: Attends Navitas in Liverpool

Week 3 Finalists

Congratulations to the third set of finalists for GENERATOR - I HOPE I WIN $500.

Each week until the end of June we will be announcing the finalists selected from the previous weeks submissions to the competition. Winners will be selected from the finalists of each category and will be announced in July 2020.


Fangmin Wu_Between Life and Death

Artist: Fangmin Wu
Artwork: Between Life and Death
Category: My mood
Connection to Liverpool: Member of Liverpool Art Society
Description: 2020 seems like a very unlucky year, with the spread of the coronavirus causing so many deaths around the world, but the disaster is not over and the world will never be the same again. During the isolation at home, the painting " Between life and death " was created.


Natalie Anderson_The Way Back

Artist: Natalie Anderson
Artwork: The Way Back
Category: Isolation Landscape
Connection to Liverpool: Lives in Casula
Description: Since being in lock down, I started creating abstract works as a way to get back to a raw creative practice. The imagery is akin to tidal pools, some pebbles get stuck, others moving about freely in the flow. COVID is like being both stuck (at home) and in flow (creative).


Tara Blake_Tin Canning in Lockdown

Artist: Tara Blake
Artwork: Tin Canning in Lockdown
Category: What I'm Grateful For
Connection to Liverpool: Lives in Prestons
Description: I am grateful to live in a country where we have enough food for everyone.  The scariest thing for me was the empty shelves in the supermarket.  I am grateful for the limits imposed on essential items, the ability to feed my family and the courtesy of the retail staff over that period.   ‘Tin Canning in Lockdown’ is a grateful reminder of that time.


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Artist: Bruce Reardon
Artwork: Exploring Cecil Hills
Category: Visual Narrative
Connection to Liverpool: Lives in Busby
Description: I am an amateur photographer who loves the outdoors. since the lockdowns I could only stay in local areas. I have since been exploring local green spaces and my favourite is the lakes at Cecil Hills due to its bird life so i decided to explore and photograph there.

Week 4 Finalists

Congratulations to the fourth set of finalists for GENERATOR - I HOPE I WIN $500.

Each week until the end of June we will be announcing the finalists selected from the previous weeks submissions to the competition. Winners will be selected from the finalists of each category and will be announced in July 2020.


Sawsan Nassif_Invincible womo

Artist: Sawsan Nassif
Artwork: Invincible woman
Category: Colleagues at Home
Connection to Liverpool: Participated in Arts and Culture programs through Settlement Services International in Liverpool
Description: A reflection of a strong hopeful-positive and wise woman who despite the current situation with coved -19 is utilising her time to the max with reading and other creative arts we are not prisoners at home we are safe at home and we can still do so many things.


Kerry Walsh_Me in my garden

Artist: Kerry Walsh
Artwork: Me in my garden
Category: What I'm Grateful For
Connection to Liverpool: Liverpool Arts Society member
Description: My garden rescues me during lockdown.


Leeanne Watling_Stamp of approval

Artist: Leeanne Watling
Artwork: Stamp of approval
Category: Funny – Make us LOL
Connection to Liverpool: Prestons resident
Description: I’m an artist and my cavalier King Charles Lizzie decided to give her stamp of approval.


Graham Jordan_Grieving the lost

Artist: Graham Jordan
Artwork: Grieving the lost
Category: My mood
Connection to Liverpool: Liverpool Arts Society member
Description: Coming to terms with the mortality reality that this plague has wrought globally. This iconic visual triptych feeds from the Middle Ages interpretations of death and the afterlife and brought home to me the sense of powerlessness at the sudden mass loss of life.


Artist: Yanti Peng
Artwork: Digital Worlds
Category: Isolation Landscape
Connection to Liverpool: Works in Liverpool

Week 5 Finalists

Congratulations to the fifth set of finalists for GENERATOR - I HOPE I WIN $500.

Each week until the end of June we will be announcing the finalists selected from the previous weeks submissions to the competition. Winners will be selected from the finalists of each category and will be announced in July 2020.


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Artist: Melissa Brattoni
Artwork: Untitled
Category: Visual Narrative
Connection to Liverpool: Works in Liverpool
Description: A series of selfies taken on Easter Sunday. It was a beautiful and warm day spent at home during isolation. With not much to do, some of the time was spent out in the garden. The Tibouchina tree was blooming and I had a bout of creativity, playing around capturing the flowers and myself amongst its branches. These are my favourite selfies I've ever taken and I think they sit well together as a sequence as though they are telling a story. My stances were largely inspired by the title character from a book I'm reading called 'Daisy Jones and the Six.'


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Artist: Hessa Sapphire
Artwork: New Life After the Chaos
Category: Visual Narrative
Connection to Liverpool: Works in Liverpool
Description: Last weekend, as Covid restrictions ease, my family and I went on a boating trip to Kangaroo Valley near Tallowa Dam. On our way, we passed by the bushfire aftermath area where trees were burnt black and fauna is scarce. As heartbreaking as it was, however, it was still amazing to see how new leaves have sprung from the blackened trees. It was like beauty after the chaos. Seeing how nature has a way of slowly healing itself gives me a sense of hope. And reflecting from what the world is facing right now with the pandemic, I know that we will be able to get through this crisis. Just like the recovering forests, slowly humanity will be able to rise again.


Marin Robins

Artist: Marina Robins
Artwork: Balancing - a new way of seeing
Category: My Colleagues at Home
Connection to Liverpool: Attended workshops at Casula Powerhouse
Description: My work is about balancing. In the beginning everything I was involved in was cancelled. I felt quite devastated. Really it was only a change I began connecting with people via zoom, and new projects started to emerge, I was picking up the pieces and putting things together a different way. All the items in this sculpture have been picked up from various locations, and they are being used in a different way.


Artist: Natalie Anderson
Artwork: Gathering Mementum
Category: Lives in Casula
Connection to Liverpool: Attended workshops at Casula Powerhouse
Description: I have been exploring my natural environment more during this time and this has influenced my current work. I have drawn on the textures, shapes and memories from these outings, which are mostly along parts of the Georges River. The blue sections represent the river. The pieces of rusty paint come from peeling graffiti at the Casula Powerhouse.


Bruce Reardon

Artist: Bruce Reardon
Artwork: Stepping Out
Category: My Mood
Connection to Liverpool: Lives in Busby
Description: This spoonbill looks like its taking gingerly steps to keep its balance. This represents my mood of and probably the country's mood of balancing the desire to step out of isolation and still keep ourselves and others safe; hence the balance of hope and concern. This image was taken at Cecil Hills on a local walk.


Linda Sok

Artist: Linda Sok
Artwork: Untitled
Category: Isolation Landscape
Connection to Liverpool: Lives in Cecil Hills
Description: As a result of my isolation, I began to look for ways in which I can connect to the landscape surrounding me, using materials found around my house. I have been using rainwater and sea salt to create crystalline structures on Khmer silk scarves. My parents were born in Cambodia. For me, the combination of the silk scarves with Australian rainwater embodied my own personal view of the world, connecting my ancestral land to my current one despite isolation disabling my ability to travel there.

Week 6 Finalists

Congratulations to the sixth set of finalists for GENERATOR - I HOPE I WIN $500.

Each week until the end of June we will be announcing the finalists selected from the previous weeks submissions to the competition. Winners will be selected from the finalists of each category and will be announced in July 2020.


Michelle Socha_The New Motel

Artist: Michelle Socha
Artwork: The New Motel
Category: Isolation Landscape
Connection to Liverpool: Lives in Casula
Description: I like the perspective of the sign and Skyhaus.


Purrfect Creation

Artists: Shirley Jenkins, Marina Robins, Michaela Simoni, Jan Irwin, Seher Aydinlik, Lesley Richman, Kate Thomas, Bronwyn Ruwaydah Mah Jabeen Rhodes and Kathryn Yuen
Artwork: Purrfect Creation
Category: My Colleagues at Home - furry or otherwise (no more than 1 image or video)
Connection to Liverpool: Members of Liverpool Art Society


Gil Farla_Near Extinction - Toilet Paper

Artist: Gil Farla
Artwork: Near Extinction - "Toilet Paper
Category: Funny - Make us LOL (no more than 1 image or video)
Connection to Liverpool: Member of Liverpool Art Society and resident of Voyage Point
Description: Near extinction occurred when this species - "Toilet Paper", diminished because of over exploitation from human use during the COVID19 panic. The nationwide publicity resulted in the reproduction by various organisations to increase the population numbers which in turn saw a reversal of the extinction process of this much needed commodity. Last roll in my household was kept protected under glass from direct UV light, dust and theft.


Gil Farla_Knitted with LOVE

Artist: Gil Farla
Artwork: Knitted with LOVE
Category: What I'm Grateful For
Connection to Liverpool: Member of Liverpool Art Society and resident of Voyage Point
Description: I'm so grateful that all my family and friends are healthy and coping well with the Covid restrictions and isolation. It has been a time to reconnect with my favourite crafts and think of others. Having knitted this shawl with collar for a dear friend, I'm blessed to have wonderful people in my life.


Glen Op Den Brouw_Temperature Testing in Liverpool 1

Glen Op Den Brouw_Temperature Testing in Liverpool 2

Artist: Glen Op Den Brouw
Artwork: Temperature Testing in Liverpool
Category: Visual Narrative - a story in 10 images or less (up to 10 images)
Connection to Liverpool: Part of the City of Liverpool & District Historical Society
Description: It's the perfect category to enable me to exhibit the many photographs I have taken that captures the temperature of Liverpool during the pandemic

Week 7 Finalists

Congratulations to the final set of finalists for GENERATOR - I HOPE I WIN $500.

Each week until the end of June we will be announcing the finalists selected from the previous weeks submissions to the competition. Winners will be selected from the finalists of each category and will be announced in July 2020.


terry dolan_wild garden

Artist: Terry Dolan
Artwork: Wild Garden
Category: What I Am Grateful For
Connection to Liverpool: Member of Liverpool Art Society
Description: Having a massive gardening addiction and when the weather's bad, I am grateful for a canvas or board to fill the void.


gil farla_my little buddy

Artist: Gil Farla
Artwork: My little buddy
Category: My Colleagues at Home - furry or otherwise
Connection to Liverpool: Member of Liverpool Art Society
Description: My Little Buddy (Noisy Miner) watches me while I'm gardening. He often likes to alert me of any dangers like approaching blue tongue lizards or even snakes


karen ta_moodjourneypoem

Artist: Karen Ta
Artwork: Mood Journey
Category: Funny - Make Us LOL
Connection to Liverpool: Lives in Liverpool
Description: My mood is the category I chose because during Isolation in March Home-schooling was a priority. Having four kids at home home-schooling my mood changed dramatically from being ecstatic of the idea that I could teach them. It’s like having a small class to gradually getting frustrated, annoyed and hating home-schooling. My poem reveals my mood journey towards home-schooling.


karen ta_around the world at home

Artist: Karen Ta
Artwork: Around the world at home
Category: Funny - Make Us LOL
Connection to Liverpool: Lives in Liverpool
Description: During home-schooling my girls looked at TikTok saw images of travellers posing while on holiday so they created their own version. I chose this category because the pictures are funny and creative from her dramatic poses to their imaginative caption adventure around the world at home. Making the most of their isolation at home fun and memorable.


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Artist: Karen Ta
Artwork: Iso Reno
Category: Visual Narrative
Connection to Liverpool: Lives in Liverpool
Description: I chose Visual narrative because we’ve had a leaking upstairs bathroom for 2yrs which was unusable. In March hubby who has NO EXPERIENCE in renovating/plumbing etc decided to google/youtube and the images depicts 3 months artwork. A lot of hiccups along the way but I’m so proud of his useable finish work and thank god Bunnings was open during isolation!!


Rafigur Khan_Woolworths Empty Shelves

Artist: Rafiqur Khan
Artwork: Woolworths Empty Shelves
Category: Isolation Landscape
Connection to Liverpool: Member of Liverpool Art Society
Description: When lock down started people were purchasing essentials as much as can from super markets. I was not serious about this. Then my family and friends told me all super markets shelves are empty. I went quickly but found empty shelves. It made me frustrated and sick. So I sketched that moment.


svetlana panov_in a singing mood

Artist: Svetlana Panov
Artwork: In a singing mood
Category: My Mood
Connection to Liverpool: Member of Liverpool Art Society
Description: I'm part of a choir and not being able to go to choir practice got me down, so I decided to paint myself singing. I chose bright colours to also lift my spirits. From feeling down to hopeful while creating painting.