11 May 2020
As many art prizes around Australia have been postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19, the Tweed Regional Gallery’s Border Art Prize still attracted almost 400 works. The winners were announced online on Saturday with guest judge and Director of Grafton Regional Gallery, Niomi Sands, recording her message of congratulations to prize winners and entrants.
The $3000 first prize was awarded to Oksana Waterfall for The girl from Kyiv, with second prize going to Megan Puls for a ceramic vessel from her SURGE series. Jenny Kitchener received third prize for her unique print linocut collage Out of kilter. Ms Sands also awarded Highly Commended to seven artists including Michelle Dawson, John Pitt, Konstantina, Shannon Doyle, Tim Fry, Susan Jacobsen and Trish Tait.
The biennial Border Art Prize is open to residents of Tweed, Ballina, Byron, Kyogle, Lismore and Gold Coast City council areas. Entries this year included textiles, sculpture, ceramics, oils, acrylics, mixed media, watercolour and photography. The subject matter is varied, but includes landscapes, portraits and self-portraits, as well as themes related to social isolation and the devastation caused by recent bushfires.