RRRTAG (Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery) in Cororooke, regional Victoria, is once again proud to host the 2016 Corangamarah Art Prize. Inaugurated in 2006, the annual art prize was conceived to provide the ‘Corangamarah Residential Care’ facility with colour and life. The name Corangamarah originates from a Colac district landmark ‘Mount Corangamarah’, more commonly referred to as ‘The Hill’, on the western edge of Colac.
The notion of developing a collection of art for residents was extended to creating a narrative of our time; weaving a story around present-day issues that inspire discussion and enjoyment by members of the local Colac and greater Victorian communities.
The acquisitive Corangamarah Art Prize has become a mainstay in the calendar of Australian artists and is an exciting opportunity for contemporary artists and local community. Artists are invited to submit an artwork inspired by a contemporary issue or event, demonstrated through the Prize theme ‘conceit’ – ‘a concept; that which is conceived, imagined or formed in the mind, an idea, thought, image, a personal opinion’.
In order to maintain a high standard of artistic and interpretive merit, all entries are subject to a process of pre-selection. A three person judging panel selects finalists, from which the finalist judge selects the winning entry. Jason Smith, the new Director of the Geelong Gallery, will this year select the winning entry. Finalists from 2006 – 2012 were exhibited at the ‘Otway Estate Winery and Brewery’ in Barongarook, Victoria and in 2016 will be exhibited at ‘Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery’ in Cororooke, Victoria.
There are three prizes in total for this event. 1. Artists for the $7500 acquisitive art prize may interpret the event in any medium of two dimensional format, with a maximum size of 100 x 200 x 10 cm (inclusive of frame), illustrating the inspiration of the conceit. 2. con.ceit’16 Small Art Prize: all artworks less than 50 x 50cm (including frame) will be considered for this $500 prize. 3. The People’s Choice Award: A one year membership to a NATIONAL ART GALLERY of the winner’s choice. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be determined on the final day of the exhibition (Sunday 28th August) when all votes are counted.
The Exhibition Opening and announcement of prize winners (a ticketed event) is on Saturday 6th August at 7.30pm with the Gallery closed during the day while judging takes place. Exhibition open to all from Sunday 7th August – Sunday 28th August. For more information about the art prize and to see the artworks of previous winners go to: http://www.redrockarts.com.au/corangamarah-art-prize.html