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2018 CONNECTED Art Exhibition

Congratulations to all the artists that participated in the 2018 CONNECTED Art Exhibition. This year, in order to raise more funds for the artists, CONNECTED Artworks were auctioned in an online website. $5,487 was raised from the sale of CONNECTED Artworks, with all funds going directly to the artists. This was on top of the $2,750 in prizes for the winners of 1st, 2nd, 3rd Prize, Allan Merigan People’s Choice and the Office of the Public Advocate Prize. We would like to thank all who joined us for the CONNECTED Exhibition and everyone who placed a bid on the artworks for sale.

The Winners

First prize
Our first prize winner is Domenico for his artwork ‘Of Course’. Domenico says “Conviviality! That says it all.” Domenico has won $1,000 and a 2 week exhibition at the No Vacancy Gallery in 2019.

Second Prize
Second Place was awarded to Sue Overton for her artwork ‘The Three People.’ Sue has won $500 and an art pack.

Third Prize
Third Place was awarded to Karen Butler for her artwork ’10 x 4.’ Karen has won $250 and an art pack.

Allan Merigan People’s Choice Award: $500

The Allan Merrigan People’s Choice Award was won by Reenee Garling for her artwork ‘Elephant’.

Photo of Renee Garling's "Elephant'
Renee Garling – ‘Elephant’

This prize is awarded to the most popular artwork according to the number of votes at the CONNECTED Celebration Day.

The People’s Choice Award was named after Allan Merigan, who was the manager of State Trustees’ Client Legal team. He passed away in 2008, after a year-long battle with cancer. Allan loved art and was a great patron of the State Trustees CONNECTED Art Exhibition.

From the very beginning, Allan threw his enthusiastic support behind the exhibition, buying many works, which he later donated to State Trustees for the company and our visitors to enjoy. He also made a considerable contribution to State Trustees and the Victorian community in the arena of legal policy, litigation and pro-bono work to support Victoria’s most vulnerable.

In this spirit of generosity, passion for art, life and all that this inspires in the world, the annual People’s Choice Award was re-named the ‘Allan Merigan People’s Choice Award’ in 2009.

The Office of the Public Advocate Prize – $500

The Office of the Public Advocate Award was chosen by Victoria’s Public Advocate Colleen Pearce, and was awarded to David White for his piece ‘Who Ate The Popcorn?’

Photo of David Whites 'Who ate the popcord'
David White – ‘Who ate the popcorn’

David has won $500 and describes his piece as focusing on people being helped to access the Arts.

The Office of Public Advocate promotes and protects the rights and interests of people with disability, and works to eliminate abuse, neglect and exploitation.

When awarding this prize, Colleen said the idea of helping those with a disability to access things such as the Arts, was something that closely aligned with the Office of the Public Advocate’s goals.

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