CONNECTED Exhibition Art prizes awarded

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

Announced at an award ceremony at Deakin Edge yesterday, 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 water colour 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.

This year’s State Trustees CONNECTED Art Exhibition features more than 80 artworks shortlisted from nearly 500 submissions. The paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography and multimedia showcase a variety of styles and subjects, all of which demonstrate the powerful way that that art can project the voices of people who are often not heard in mainstream society.

The State Trustees CONNECTED Art Exhibition will be held at the No Vacancy Gallery, Federation Square until 23 October 2015. Admission is free and most of the displayed artworks are for sale.

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1st Prize: Rosa Bartone, Dare
2nd Prize: Andrew Pearson, Lady In Pink
3rd Prize: Bruce Plant, Love the Cannibal
• Office of the Public Advocate Prize: Larissa McFarlane, The Places are marked for past and future great handstands