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Armistice Poetry Prize

Casula Powerhouse and WestWords are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from local High Schools within the Liverpool LGA for the Armistice Poetry Prize

The year 2018 will mark a century since the signing of an Armistice that ended the Great War in 1918. This was a significant event in global history and has meaning nationally, given Australia’s participation in the First World War. This is a time of importance and solemn reflection for many sections of the community.

With Liverpool’s rich military history, it is fitting that those who participated in World War I are appropriately commemorated and honoured, together with those involved subsequently in a century of military and peacekeeping service by Australian personnel.
Liverpool City Council contributes both directly and indirectly to commemorations of those involved to various overseas conflicts and peacekeeping missions that Australia, and more specifically Liverpool, have participated in. To commemorate the centenary of Armistice, Council will develop and deliver a suite of programs and events honouring Armistice Day and Liverpool’s military history.

The Armistice Poetry Prize is about celebrating peace in Liverpool. The poems should capture ideas about celebration after the war ended. Consider how children, men, women and soldiers celebrated the end of the war? Entries must be an original single- authored and cannot exceed more than 32 lines, and need to clearly respond to ideas of celebration and peace.

There will be 4 award categories:
- Winning Student Poem Year 7-8
- Winning Student Poem Year 9-10
- Winning Student Poem Year 11-12
- Winning Overall Poem

The Winning Overall Poem has a cash prize of $1000. Other prizes include books and poetry packs. These will be on display and presented on Sunday 11 November 2018 at Bigge Park Liverpool.

Poems are due by Friday, 26th of October 2018 at the close of business.

The registration form and poetry entries need to be sent to liverpoolremembers@westwords.com.au by the 16 October 2018. The registration and poem need to be sent as one email with the entry clearly named with the student’s name, name of entry and school in the title. On the poem it should only have the poem title.

Any questions, please contact Cayn Rosmarin on rosmarinc@casulapowerhouse.com or Michael Campbell from Westwords michael@westwords.com.au.

Mil-Pra AECG Exhibition & Art Prize

Deadline for entries:  Friday 5 October, 4:30pm

The annual Mil-Pra AECG exhibition and art prize continues to be a vital component of the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre’s yearly exhibition program and we acknowledge the need to celebrate the significance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in our region and beyond. Open to artworks of any medium by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists of all ages living in NSW and the ACT.

For the 27th anniversary, the Mil-Pra AECG Award will be awarded to the artist whose work celebrates the theme "Because of Her". Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre is proud to continue supporting the $1000 Mil-Pra AECG Award, the $2000 acquisitive Maria Lock Award and the $3000 acquisitive Mayor’s Choice Award.

Click here for the Mil-Pra AECG Entry Form

Click here for the Mil-Pra AECG Student Entry Form

Click here for the Mil-Pra AECG Schools Entry Form

Image credit: Amanda Baker, Koomurra Ngubaty Terra-ulong – Blood/Love Blue Gum Tree, 2017, Acrylic on canvas (Winner or the 2017 Mil-Pra AECG Award)

Liverpool Art Society Exhibition

Deadline for entries:  Friday 5 October, 4:30pm

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre is proud to present the annual Liverpool Art Society Exhibition, celebrating its 21st incarnation in 2018. The annual exhibition has been produced by Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in partnership with the Liverpool Art Society since 1998 and continues to promote and celebrate the creative talent of our region.

The annual Liverpool Art Society exhibition and art prize inspires a diverse range of artists and artworks. In support of this outstanding commitment by our local artistic community, we are pleased to continue supporting the prestigious $1500 Casula Powerhouse Scholarship Prize and the $5000 acquisitive Liverpool City Council Overall Winner Prize. The Scholarship aims to develop an artist’s professional practice through further research and the creation of a new body of work to exhibit in the following annual Liverpool Art Society exhibition.

Paramor Prize 2017

The biennial Paramor Prize is an acquisitive prize of $20,000. A shortlisted selection of finalists will be exhibited at CPAC. Winners will be selected by a panel of guest judges including: George Khut, 2015 Paramor Prize Winner Erica Seccombe and Wendy Paramor's son, Luke Paramor. Congratulations to the 2017 winners, artistic team Susannah Williams and Warren Armstrong.

A $5000 Mayoral Award will be issued to the artwork that best conveys the guiding principles of Liverpool City Council to be at the forefront of opportunity, prosperity and diversity. Congratulations to the 2017 Mayoral Award winner, Emma Fielden.

A $1000 People’s Choice Award will be issued to the artwork voted most popular among audiences.Congratulations to the 2017 People's Choice Award winner, Len Hurley.

Yvette Hamilton

Caroline Rothwell

Britt Salt

Kailum  Graves

Mehwish Iqbal

James Nguyen


Nuha Saad

Valerie Restarick

Laura Delaney

Susannah Williams and Warren Armstrong

Matthew James

Tina Barahanos

Fiona Kerr Gedson

Owen Leong

Emma Fielden

Lee Bethel

Helen Amanatiadis

Len Hurley

Sardar Sinjawi

Megan McPherson

Rebecca Brady and Pamela Rodoreda

Julian Talarico

Katy Plummer

Patrick Cremin

Atanas Djonov

Marian Abboud

Ben Denham

Angela Tiatia

Amala Groom

Meet the Judges

Luke Paramor, son of the prize namesake and renowned local artist Wendy Paramor, donated a significant collection of her work to CPAC. Luke lives and works in Newcastle with his wife and children.

2016 Paramor Prize winner Erica Seccombe is a lecturer and PhD candidate at the Australian National University School of Art.  She was recently awarded the prestigious 2017 Capital Arts Patrons CAPO Fellowship. Her practice spans from traditional and photographic print media to experimental digital platforms using frontier scientific visualisation software.

Dr George (Poonkhin) Khut is an artist and interaction-designer working across the fields of electronic art, design and health. His body-focussed interactive and participatory artworks use biosensing technologies to re-frame experiences of embodiment, health and subjectivity.

The 65th Blake Prize

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC), host of The Blake Prize, has announced the finalists for The 65th Blake Prize. One of Australia’s longest standing and most prestigious prizes which encourages conversation about spirituality and religion through art.The Blake Prize is widely respected for attracting artists from a diverse range of backgrounds and ages. Finalists range from leading contemporary practitioners to emerging and self-taught artists. This year there were 769 entries from artists hailing from Belgium, Germany, Greece, Norway, United States and United Kingdom and from every Australian state and territory. 80 finalists have been selected for final judging and exhibition from 12 May – 1 July at CPAC.From these finalists the winner of the $35,000 Blake Prize will be announced at the exhibition launch on 19 May 6-9pm.In addition CPAC will also offer The Emerging Artist Award, an acquisitive prize of $6,000 and the Blake Residency program, a one-month residency at CPAC and a solo exhibition.

Finalists of The 65th Blake Prize

Belinda Allen | Uri Auerbach | Maree Azzopardi | Tiyan Baker | Hayley Millar Baker | Karen Bloomfield | Jules Boag | Lisa Bowen | Daniel Butterworth | Louis Cagalj | Laura Carthew | Thomas C. Chung | Tracey Clement | Matthew Couper | Adam Cusack | Sam Doctor | Nyinta Donald | John A Douglas | Blak Douglas | Mikala Dwyer | Yvonne East | Jackson Farley | Madeline Fountain | Ben Fuog | Donna Gough | Craig Green | Tim Gregory | Amala Groom | Patrick Hall | Sue Healey | Doug Heslop | Hobart Hughes | Sean Hutton | Mehwish Iqbal | Anna Jacobson | Leah Jeffries | Rus Kitchin | Alex Latham | Rosalind Lemoh | Leon Lester | Pamela Leung | Wade Marynowksy | Martin George and Raphaella Mazzone | Teena McCarthy | Chi Chi Menendez | Chris O’Doherty aka Reg Mombassa | Nasim Nasr | Alexandra Nemaric | Catherine ODonnell | Becc Ország | Philjames | Rodney Pople | Deborah Prior | Rebekah Pryor | Clache Raong | Leslie Rice | Tobias Richardson | Dasha Riley | Khaled Sabsabi | Jeramie Scahill | Greg Semu | Aemmon Sheehan | Gary Smith | Shane Smithers | Paul Snell | Tina Havelock Stevens | Jacqui Stockdale | Zara Sullivan | Linda Syddick | Cyrus Tang | Jonathan Rose and Annette Thas | Floria Tosca | Mark Tweedie | Brenda Walsh | Greg Warburton | Lachlan Warner | Vanessa White | Sarah Woodward | Kayo Yokoyama

Judges of The 65th Blake Prize

Rev Dr Rod Pattenden is an art historian and theologian interested in spirituality and visual culture. He has written widely about spirituality in Australian art and has for many years been associated with the Blake Prize as the former Chair of the Blake Society.

Nicole Barakat is an artist who works to unpick the borders of art and life, approaching making as a form of meditation, with intentions to transform the conditions of everyday life. Barakat has worked as an educator in the arts for over fifteen years, including lecturing in fine arts at UNSWAD from 2003 – 2011. She currently works as an artist educator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and the Art Gallery of NSW.  Nicole’s practice also includes extensive collaborative community-engagement where she sees respect and equality as the leading principles that drive an exchange of experience, knowledge and skills. Nicole has a passion for the potential of imagination and art to create social change.

Marion Borgelt has exhibited extensively in national and international survey exhibitions and is one of Australia’s most evocative and enduring contemporary artists. Her work is represented in all major Australian museums and numerous regional, university and corporate collections throughout Australia and overseas. In her practice she is drawn to the fundamental shapes of the circle, the crescent, the sphere, the spiral, the oval and the grid. Diverse as her practice is, there is a common thread in her work—the interplay of polarities—the organic and the man-made, light and shade, the conceptual and the sensual, the cosmic and the primordial, the micro-cosmic and macrocosmic. Her dynamic is derived from the shifting balance of dualities. (Photograph by Jessica Maurer)

Dominik Mersch is the founder and owner of the Dominik Mersch Gallery in Darlinghurst, which exhibits significant artists from both Europe and Australia.

About The Blake Prize

Since 2016 Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC) has conducted The Blake Prize as a bi-annual event, ensuring the future of this landmark prize. CPAC will maintain the guiding principles of The Blake Prize, continuing to engage contemporary artists, both nationally and internationally, in conversations concerning faith, spirituality, religion, hope, humanity, social justice, belief and non – belief. The Blake Prize presents an aesthetic means of exploring the wider experience of spirituality and all this may entail through the visionary imagining of contemporary artists.

The Blake Prize takes its name from William Blake, an artist of undoubted genius, who succeeded in integrating the religious and artistic in his work. The prize aims to encourage contemporary artists of varied styles, religious and spiritual allegiances to create significant works of art which engage in conversations and negotiations concerning spirituality and religion.

CPAC is committed to local, national and global communities, artists and audiences. It is located in Liverpool, an area in which communities from over 150 birthplaces, speaking over 140 languages with an equally diverse range of religious backgrounds, call home. This vibrant site is reflected in the centre as stories, ideas, art forms and philosophies fuse to celebrate cultural diversity. Furthermore, CPAC is committed to evolving the creative industries of South West Sydney as it supports emerging and established artists from numerous disciplines to create work which reflects its diverse community.

Three prizes are selected by the judges for the best contemporary art work that addresses the religious or spiritual. The Blake Prize is a non-acquisitive prize of $35,000, The Blake Emerging Artist Prize is an acquisitive prize of $6,000 and The Blake Established Artist Residency consisting of a residency and solo exhibition hosted by CPAC. All prizes are strictly non-sectarian. Entries are not restricted to works related to any faith or artistic style. All artworks entered must have a recognisable exploration of faith, spirituality, religion, hope, humanity, social justice, belief and/or non-belief.

Download The 65th Blake Prize catalogue here

Key dates

Artworks Delivered: 9 – 24 April 2018
Exhibition Dates: 12 May – 1 July 2018
Launch: 19 May 6 – 9pm 2018
Collection of Artworks: 9 – 18 July 2018

Image credits: Cyrus Tang, Lacrimae Rerum, 2016. | Jules Boag, The Space Between, 2016. | Laura Carthew, Immortal flower, 2016. | Madeline Fountain, The Heart of the Sun, 2017. | Rosalind Lemoh, Skin and Bone, 2016. (photograph courtesy of Damien Greary) | Sue Healey, State of Grace, 2017. | Tobias Richardson, Charred Carcass, 2017. | Sam Doctor, The wanderer and the Mist, 2018. | Greg Semu, Dead Body of Christ in Two Parts (diptych), 2018. | Tracey Clement, Metropolis Experiment, 2017.

Blake Poetry Prize 2017

The Blake Poetry Prize challenges Australian poets to explore the spiritual and religious in a new work of 100 lines or less.

From 2017 Liverpool City Library, in partnership with Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, will deliver The Blake Poetry Prize as a biennial event. Liverpool City Library and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre will maintain the guiding principles of The Blake Poetry Prize in continuing to engage contemporary poets, both national and international, in conversations concerning faith, spirituality, religion, hope, humanity, social justice, belief and non-belief. The Blake Poetry Prize is an aesthetic means of exploring the wider experience of spirituality with the visionary imagining of contemporary poets.

The Blake Prize takes its name from William Blake, a poet and artist of undoubted genius, who integrated religious and artistic content in his work. The Blake Poetry Prize challenges contemporary poets of disparate styles to explore the spiritual and religious in a new work of 100 lines or less. The Blake Poetry Prize is strictly non-sectarian. The entries are not restricted to works related to any faith or any artistic style, but all poems entered must have a recognisable religious or spiritual integrity.

The Blake Poetry Prize amount is $5000.

2017 Blake Poetry Prize Winner: Julie Watts

The winner of the prestigious 2017 Blake Poetry Prize was announced at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, with West Australian Julie Watts taking out the $5000 prize for her poem The Story of Julian who will never know we loved him.

Julie Watts has been published in various journals and anthologies including Westerly, Australian Poetry Anthology and Australian Love Poems 2013. Her first collection of poetry, Honey & Hemlock, was published by Sunline Press in 2013.

“Julie Watts’ poem is nothing short of brilliant. The religious and spiritual integrity that shines through her writing is exemplary of what the Blake Poetry Prize is all about, and we couldn’t be more excited to co-present this incredible achievement. Bravo!” said CPAC Director Craig Donarski.

“The Blake Poetry Prize challenges poets to explore themes such as faith, spirituality, religion, hope, humanity, social justice, belief and non-belief. The Prize starts an important conversation about who we are as human beings,” said Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller.

The judging panel consisted of three high-profile, accomplished writers, including award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke; winner of the prestigious 2017 Windham-Campbell Prize Ali Cobby Eckermann, and the winner of the inaugural Blake Poetry Prize Mark Tredinnick. They said “In The Story of Julian who will never know we loved himthe hierarchy of society is untangled in a moment allowing a glimpse into compassion and thought; a sliver of the everyday dialogue, rewritten as a reminder to us all.”

Read 'The Story of Julian who will never know we loved him'

Judges' Commentary: Winning entry

For media enquiries and hi-res photographs, please contact Genvin In (genvin@cardinalspin.com.au / 02 8065 7363)
Photography by Andrew Burns

2017 Blake Poetry Prize
Highly Commended & Shortlisted Entries

In judging the Blake Prize, the judges stated they were “looking for poetry that was well made, fully achieved, strong and clear and enchanting in language, musical and spiritually intelligent, finished, striking and wise, fresh in perception, deeply humane in its understandings, and open to the world beyond the merely human.  All poems on the 2017 Blake Poetry Prize shortlist revealed these worlds.”

The Engine Room
by Libby Hart

Judges' Commentary: Highly commended entry


Ruth’s Sisters by Alice Allan
A Poet’s Age-Old Lament
by Davoren Howard 
What Happens by Stephen Denham
Agatha by Libby Hart
Memory after Memory by Chris Lynch
Winter, Seed-Time, Harvest by Frances Olive
Caravaggio’s “Crucifixion of Peter” by Kim Waters

Judges' Commentary: Short-listed entries 

Meet the Judges

Maxine Beneba Clarke is a widely published Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent and the author of the poetry collections Gil Scott Heron Is on Parole and Nothing Here Needs Fixing. Maxine’s short fiction, non-fiction and poetry have been published in numerous publications including Overland, The Age, Meanjin, The Saturday Paper and The Big Issue. Maxine’s memoir The Hate Race and her first children’s picture book The Patchwork Bike were published in 2016. Her collection Carrying The World won the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award prize for poetry.

Ali Cobby Eckermann is the author of the poetry collections Little Bit Long Time and Inside My Mother and the memoir Too Afraid to Cry. Her verse novel, Ruby Moonlight, won the Kuril Dhagun Indigenous Writing Fellowship, the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry and was awarded the Book of the Year at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 2013. Ali was born on Kaurna Country, and grew up on Ngadjuri country South Australia and her mob is Yankunytjatjara from northwest South Australia. In 2017, Ali received one of the world’s richest literary awards, the Windham-Campbell Prize, administered by Yale University.

Mark Tredinnick, winner of the Montreal Poetry Prize (2011) and the Cardiff Poetry Prize (2012), is the author of The Blue Plateau, Fire Diary, and nine other acclaimed works of poetry and prose. Mark won the inaugural Blake Prize for Poetry in 2009. His work has also won the Queensland and WA Premier’s Literary Awards, and been shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award. In 2016, Mark won the Australian Catholic University’s Poetry Prize for his poem The Horse. Two new collections of Mark’s poems will be published in 2017.

The production for the 2017 Blake Poetry Prize is managed by the team at WestWords. We thank them for their professionalism and insights that they have brought to the process.

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