Winners of the AAA Art Prize Announced

Arts Access Australia is thrilled to announced the winners of the first ever AAA Art Prize. The AAA Art Prize is the first National Australian Art Prize for artists with disability. Arts Access Australia launched the prize earlier this year thanks to the support of the Australian Government through the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport. 

The winner of the first AAA Art Prize is Eleanor by Peter Hughes.

Peter Hughes - Eleanor

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The winner of the people’s choice award is Ocean Waves by Andrew Follows.

Andrew Follows - Ocean Waves

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Voting for the AAA Art Prize People's Choice award was done via an online Gallery showcasing the shortlisted works.  The shortlisted works are currently on show at The Concourse Art Space in Sydney as part of the Arts Activated conference. The exhibition is running until the 4th November 2012. Peter Hughes, the winner of the $5,000 cash prize and Andrew Follows, winner of the $1,000 People's Choice Award were announced at the exhibition opening.  The winner of the $5000 cash prize was chosen by a panel of artists and AAA board members.

Arts Access Australia’s CEO, Emma Bennison says "Arts Access Australia is delighted to be able to showcase such a range of talented visual artists through the first national art prize specifically for artists with disability. We hope to be able to provide opportunities to showcase work across other art-forms through this event in years to come.”

The exhibition can be viewed from 11am to 5pm weekdays and 11am to 4pm weekends – all welcome. The Concourse, Sydney. 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood. Audio Description will be available to exhibition visitors via MP3 players and online.

AAA are currently exploring funding for the AAA Art Prize to continue as an annual opportunity on the arts and cultural calendar for artists with disability from Australia. Stay tuned!

The rest of the AAA Art Prize Shortlisted works can be seen below:

Alan Young "Buddy Franklin"

Alan Young - Budy Franklin web

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Alan Young "Dance"

Alan Young - Dance web

Download: mp3Audio Description Dance562.98 KB

Brady Freeman "Cheetah"

Brady Freeman - Cheetah

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Brady Freeman "Fire"

Brady Freeman - Fire

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Carol Maney "Life... Death..."

Carol Maney - Life Death

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Christopher Dolman "Ventriloquist"

Christopher Dolman - The Ventriloquist

Download: mp3Audio Description Ventriloquist911.35 KB

Claudio Matteucci "Dark Landscape"


Download: mp3Audio Description Dark Landscape353.59 KB

Damien Conte "Shocked!"

Damien Conte - Shocked

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David Waterhouse "Easter"

542 David Waterhouse - Easter

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David Waterhouse "Spaceman"

560 David Waterhouse -  Spaceman

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Digby Webster "Beast 2"

Digby Webster - Beast2

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Digby Webster "Colourful Face"

Digby Webster - Colourful face

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Fanny Duketis "Sunset"

Fanny Duketis - Sunset

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Fraiser Pollock "Green Fish"

Fraser Pollock - Green Fish

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Guy Morgan "Self Portrait after Retinal Detachment"

Guy Morgan - Self Portrait after retinal detachment

Download: mp3Audio Description Self Portrait After Retinal Detachment597.88 KB

Jacek Liminawaka "In to the Stars"

Jacek Limanowka - stars

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Jason Horton "Big Brother"

Jason Horton - Big Brother

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Jason Horton "Good Friend"

Jason Horton - Good Friend

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Jeremy Hawkes "Medication Metamorphine 1"

Jeremy Hawkes - Metamorphine1

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Julian Poon "Peter the Apostle"

Julian Poon - Peter the Apostle

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Larissa MacFarlane "An Urban Playground"

Larissa MacFarlane - An Urban  Playground

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Prue Stevenson "From Point A to Point B: A journey through anxiety"

Prue Stevenson - Entry 1 A to B - The Image

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Roslyn Harris "Voices Within"

Voices Within Main 2

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Sadami Konchi "Melancholic Beer"

Sadamit Konchi - Melancholic Beer

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Sandra Peterson "British Admiral Beach"

Sandra Peterson - British Admiral Beach

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