The COA Acquisitive Art Awards A Resounding Success.

The  official opening and presentation of awards at the Cancer Outpatients Appeal Acquisitive Art Awards took place in front of a packed audience at the Dunn Lewis Centre in Ulladulla.

Sydney based artist Pamela Griffith, well known for her portrayal of the Australian landscape in her paintings and etchings, opened the exhibition and presented the awards to sixteen local southern Shoalhaven artists. Pamela also donated a copy of her book, “Australia, An Artist’s Journey Through The Landscape” as a door prize and a colour seascape etching for the Milton Cancer Centre.

The idea for the awards stemmed from a request to the Cancer Outpatients Appeal to help provide artwork for the new Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre being built at the Shoalhaven Hospital in Nowra. Dee Carrington, President of the Cancer Outpatients Appeal said,” Rather than buy a number of existing works from a gallery we decided to hold an acquisitive competition specifically for artists in the southern Shoalhaven to provide a positive link to home for patients from our community who will attend the Nowra Cancer Centre for treatment. It also provided a special opportunity for local artists to showcase their skills and creativity in interpreting the theme “Journeys and Horizons”.

“ The theme was chosen to reflect the journey cancer patients and their carers travel as they proceed through diagnosis, treatment and recovery from this disease and we were very impressed with the artworks it engendered. In total we had 16 award winners who received prizes of $5,000, $2,500 or $1,000, along with a Peoples’ Choice Award of $1,000 which was won by Andrew Antoniou with his watercolour, “Motherland”.

“ The organising committee – myself, Sonia Smiles and Jeanne James – have received extremely positive feedback on the project and the opening night. To see all the works hanging in the gallery at the Dunn Lewis Centre was amazing and immensely satisfying for us after several months of hard work to bring the project to fruition. We are very proud of the collection of work chosen by the judges to hang in the accommodation units of the new cancer centre when it opens next year.

“Our special thanks go to the Dunn Lewis Centre, the Alley Gallery Committee, our sponsors and volunteers who all played an important role in the success of the COA Acquisitive Art Awards.”