SOAP winners 2016

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SOAP coordinators Tom Davidson and Hadley Johnson.
Nanjing Night Net

The Southern Ocean Art Prize celebrated a diverse range of creative talents at their opening night last Friday.

Artworks were displayed throughout Robe Institute, showcasing a variety of 2D, 3D,photography and sculptural works by local artists, using the theme”changing climate, changing environments”.

The event was made possible by the tireless work of coordinators Tom Davidson and Hadley Johnson, and was the hugely successful in terms of both submissions and sales.

This year saw a record number ofentries with103 adult submissions and44 youth entries,the strongest participation in the last three years. There were some great cash prizes on offer with some generous sponsorship by locals.

Main prize winners:

2D winner:”We Had Whales in the Bay”–Kristi Biezaite (Robe).3D winner: “Beaker Boy”–Hugh Altschwager (Tantanoola). In an overwhelming act of generosity, Hugh donated his winnings back to the SOAP committee.Creative Photography:“Last Rides”–Wayne Parkinson (Port Douglas).Sponsored by Bendigo Bank.Belinda Morgan Memorial prize: “Still Life”–Anna Hartwig (Robe).Sponsored by the Morgan family.Robe District Council themed prize:“Out on a Limb”–Meg Fry (Naracoorte).Inaugural Local Photography award: “Sheep in a Paddock”–Mandy Dureau(Kingston). Sponsored by James Leake’s family.Primary School 1st: “Horsie”–Jacqueline Clothier (Lucindale Area School).Primary School 2nd:”Blake’s Dogs”–Blake Bowyer(KIAS)Middle School: “The Grampians”–Maddison Whitehead (KIAS).Senior Student: “Granny”–Mikaylah Featherstone (KIAS)Live acoustic music was provided byAdelaide-based musicians Bob Hookway and Mitchell Baker, and Mexican finger food was supplied by Cantina Kick. Sponsor-donated wines were shared from Mt Benson and Robe wineries, and guests were treated to the first taste of Robe Town Brewery’s new pale Ale, ‘Moon Hop’.

“I’m thrilled to see people getting that same satisfaction about contributing and attending an aspiring community arts event. What I like about it most is that it generates such interesting discussions amongus by making powerful statements through visual communication,” Tom Davidson said.

Both the Adult and Youth People’s Choice Awards are still to be decided, but there is still time to cast your vote! Head over to the exhibition at Robe Institute from 10am-5pm until Wednesday 2 November, and vote for your favourite artwork.

Check out the full gallery from SOAP’s opening night here.

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