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.
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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!
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