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2015 CONNECTED Art Exhibition

A colourful portrait titled ‘Dare’ won first prize in the 13th State Trustees CONNECTED Art Exhibition.

Announced at an award ceremony at Deakin Edge, Rosa Bartone’s piece was selected from more than 80 artworks to win first prize – a $1000 voucher and the opportunity to exhibit her art work for two weeks at the No Vacancy Gallery.

A watercolour painting in pink hues by Andrew Pearson won second prize and a unique oil painting, ‘Love the Cannibal’, by Bruce Plant won third prize.

This follows the presentation of the Public Advocates Award to Larissa Macfarlane for her collage, ‘The Places are marked for past and future great handstands’. The collage provides insight into how Larissa manages her ongoing physical and mental illnesses. Larissa is a true inspiration and has managed to do at least one handstand every day for the last 11 years, in what are private moments that brings both relief and joy in to many aspects of her life.

The State Trustees CONNECTED Art Exhibition is a landmark event promoting social inclusion through art and is curated by Andrew Chew from the No Vacancy Gallery. The exhibition provides up-and-coming Victorian artists who have a disability or experience of mental illness the opportunity to showcase their work at a high-profile space, which attracts the support of Melbourne’s arts community and the general public.

The Winners

First Prize
Rosa Bartone for ‘Dare’.

Second Prize
Andrew Pearson for ‘Lady In Pink’.

Third Prize
Bruce Plant for ‘Love the Cannibal’.

Office of the Public Advocate Prize
Larissa McFarlane for ‘The Places are marked for past and future great handstands’.

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