28 August 2017
An exciting new art prize specifically for artists living and working in the Bega Valley is set to launch.
The Bega Valley Mural Prize represents the evolution of the Bega Art Prize that has run in differing forms since 1992, with the support of the Bega Valley Shire Council.
The prize is open to artists working across all mediums, including 2D, 3D and photographic, and will result in two successful artists receiving cash prizes of $500 and having their works reproduced on a large scale and presented as public murals on the Bega Valley Shire Council water tanks in Bermagui and Bemboka this year.
This will add to the two murals already in situ at Eden and Merimbula and is emblematic of the Bega Valley’s commitment to and passion for the visual arts.
The Bermagui and Bemboka murals will be installed in December to take advantage of the high number of visitors to our area over the summer season, with each remaining in place for up to 18 months.
The Director of the Bega Valley Regional Gallery, Iain Dawson said it is great opportunity to showcase the local talent and creativity that our region is so well known for.
“The Bega Valley Mural Prize is a new and exciting way to support and promote local artists. Public art has been growing in popularity and the response we’ve had to the existing murals in Eden and Merimbula has been fantastic,” Mr Dawson said.
“We really appreciate how supportive the Water and Sewer team have been in enabling us to turn our water tanks into canvasses for our local artists and we continue to work together to identify further opportunities across the Shire.”
The prize will be managed by the Bega Valley Regional Gallery and is presented in conjunction with the Bega Valley Shire Council.
Entries for the Bega Valley Mural Prize are $20 for non BVRG members and $15 for BVRG members. The prize opens on September 11 and closes on October 30.
For more information contact Iain Dawson on 6499 2202.
Photograph: Bega Valley Mural Prize flyer