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The Paramor Prize: Art + Innovation was launched in 2015 in memory of Wendy Paramor, one of Australia’s most loved and celebrated modern female artists. Paramor exemplified the artistic creativity of the Liverpool region through her innovative and forward-thinking arts practice. A large collection of her works were bequeathed to Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC) and the Liverpool City Art, Heritage and Local Studies Collection.

Click here to read the Paramor Prize catalogue

The 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.

This exhibition will comprise works exploring various mediums including traditional art practice, interactive and kinetic sculpture, digital and new media works. The selected works explore a union of contemporary art and innovation in the creative practice with a potential to generate new knowledge, ideas and processes.

The Paramor Prize encourages new ways of seeing, experiencing and interpreting the world around us.

2017 Finalists

Yvette Hamilton | Caroline Rothwell | Britt Salt | Kailum Graves | Mehwish Iqbal | James Nguyen | Provoked | 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 2017 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.

2015 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.

Banner Credit: Susannah Williams & Warren Armstrong, Listening Device VII:Felt Histories, 2016. Wooden platform, copper tape, conductive fabric & thread, touch screen, capacitive circuitry, microcomputer, sound, wool, and WWII blanket. Image by Ben Williams Photography