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une[art]hed Art Prize – GULGONG

Fri 9 June at 6:00 pm - Sun 11 June at 6:00 pm

Gulgong Arts Council is thrilled to announce that Wendy Sharpe, one of Australia’s most acclaimed and awarded artists, who lives between Sydney and Paris, is visiting Gulgong as guest judge of our une[art]thed competition in June 2023.  Wendy has won an extensive list of prizes, residencies and scholarships; such examples include:  the Archibald Prize, the Sulman Prize, the Portia Geach Memorial Award, the Calleen Art Prize, the Adelaide Perry Art Prize and the Gold Award. She has also had residencies with the Australian Ballet, Opera Australia and Circus Oz. Sharpe was also the first woman since WWII commissioned by the Australian War Memorial as an Official War Artist, where she was posted to East Timor. Sharpe has held over 70 solo exhibitions around Australia and internationally.
We encourage artists to reflect on the theme “unearthed”. What have you found, dug up, uncovered, revealed in these recent trying years? What has been brought to light, or made public? What feelings have been brought to the surface? This theme lends itself to historical, political and personal interpretation and much more.
This year we are accepting entries in any 2D or 3D still media including (but not limited to) watercolour, oil, pastel, acrylic, textiles, drawing, sculpture, pottery and photography. Visit our website for full details and entry forms.

And don’t forget to book in a visit to Gulgong for the une[art]hed competition and Henry Lawson Heritage Festival on the winter long weekend (9-11 June 2023).


Fri 9 June at 6:00 pm
Sun 11 June at 6:00 pm
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Local government area
Mid-Western Region
Visual arts, Craft, Ceramics / Pottery, Photography, Textiles, Aboriginal culture
Submitted online
Event contact details (phone/ email)
EVENT IMAGE credits (artist and/or photographer).
Photo of Wendy Sharpe by Nikki McLennan


Gulgong Memorial Hall
112 Herbert St
Gulgong, NSW 2852 Australia
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The What’s On calendar covers arts and heritage events happening across the NSW Central West in the local government areas of Bathurst Region, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Mid-Western Region, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin.

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