Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Congratulations to the two winners of the Northern Beaches Art Prize 2020 Online, People’s Choice Award: Kevin Paul took out the Open category and Brodie Folkard won the Youth category.

Both artists provided a unique snapshot and response to what 'home' meant to them this year. Their words resonated the most with locals who cast more than 1,500 votes in total across both categories.

People’s Choice Winners

Kevin Paul, one of the 10 winning artists in the Open category, was voted the most popular People’s Choice for his photograph Life in Isolation.

Artist statement: The image captures the reality of life in isolation after the novelty has worn off. TV is boring and the kids just want to go outside to play with their friends.

Kevin Paul, Life in Isolation, photograph, Samsung Galaxy S10

15-year old Brodie Folkard, was voted the most popular People’s Choice in the Youth Category for his painting Alone.

Artist statement: During Covid-19 lockdown, I have faced difficulties with friends resulting in minor anxiety and feeling lonely most of the time. Overcoming this lockdown was a hardship as I was alone.

Brodie Folkard, Alone, acrylic on canvas

About the Award

This year's Art Prize adapted to the current times of social isolation during COVID-19 and pivoted online. In total, there were just over 1,000 entries from artists and designers of all level who were invited to submit artwork in the format of a digital postcard that responded to the theme Postcards from Home - drawing on their experiences and emotions connected to home isolation during COVID-19.  Works were created, using a multitude of art practices, and then photographed and submitted as a simple horizontal postcard. 

About the exhibition

The exhibition features all 90 winning artworks is online until the end of September 2020.

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