Jan. 24, 2016, 8:30 p.m. Newcastle Herald
NEWCASTLE’S first major art prize of the year has been split, with Anne-Maree Hunter and Robyn Werkhoven named joint winners.
The works were deemed best in the painting and photography-free exhibition by judge and Maitland Regional Art Gallery curator Kim Blunt.
Janet Steele won the prize for Best Emerging Artist.
Ms Hunter praised the Back 2 Back Galleries, Cooks Hill exhibition for breaking with the many portraiture prizes and offering incentive to artists who work in three dimensional forms.
Her winning work, Finding a Place to Land, was about finding beauty in nature that “can be so exquisite, it almost hurts”.
“We find beautiful creatures, plants and habitats but this very act puts them in danger,” Ms Hunter said.
“This work really questions whether there will be a place for a butterfly to land and replenish in the future.”
The prize, with a pool of $7000, is named after the Laman Street figs that were felled in 2012.