EXHIBITIONS: THE 65TH BLAKE PRIZE
12 May 2018 - 1 Jul 2018 | 9.00am - 4.30pm
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.
Entries Open: 2 January 2018
Entries Close: 16 February 2018
Exhibition Dates: 12 May – 1 July 2018
Exhibition Launch: 19 May 6 – 9pm 2018
Duration9-5pm on weekdays
Phone02 9824 1121
EXHIBITIONS: HEAR NO EVIL / SEE NO EVIL - LOCUST JONES
13 Jan 2018 - 18 Mar 2018
9.00am - 4.30pm
Established Blue Mountains artist Locust Jones works in his studio listening to the news transcribing the horrors of human suffering into his paintings. He juxtaposes the everyday atrocities with the absurdity of popular culture news.