A Wyndham based artist who is known for his powerful and captivating multi-disciplinary work has won the prestigious 2019 Wyndham Art Prize.

wāni is an accomplished artist, known for his spoken word performance, complemented with his media work that uses image and representation to challenge commentary on race, society and political rhetoric.

Wyndham City Arts, Culture and Heritage Portfolio Holder, Cr Tony Hooper congratulated wāni on his win for his piece titled Welcome to Country.

“The judges noted that wāni’s work was a powerful observation of the contradictions and conflicts surrounding race in contemporary Australian life,” Cr Hooper said.

“The work invites the audience into a personal space where experiences and impact of mainstream media is inescapable.”

“The Wyndham Art Prize is a national prize, and this year attracted submissions from 96 artists from across Australia. I’m proud that a Wyndham local has brought home the award this year.”

“The winner of the inaugural LEAP Acquisitive Prize is a young artist named Emmet Davies.”

“The emerging local artist is studying photography at Deakin University, and his artwork, titled My Dad, My Hero, is a portrait of his father who has always encouraged him to follow his dream.”

Cr Hooper said the art competition attracted extremely high entries, and encouraged residents to head to the Wyndham Art Gallery to see the artwork of new and emerging Australian artists as part of the free exhibition. The works will be on exhibition until Sunday 2nd June 2019.

“There are paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics and more on exhibition, showcasing the best art not only in Wyndham, but across Australia.”

The Wyndham Art Prize People’s Choice Award is still up for grabs, and visitors are encouraged to vote for their favourite. The winner will be announced on Thursday 13th June.

More information:https://www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/services/arts-culture

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