Adelaide Hills Council held a commemorative 20th Anniversary Celebration and announced the 21 year old winner of the 20th Anniversary Art Prize in Lobethal on Friday 24 November at the official opening of the exhibition.
The Art Exhibition Adelaide Hills Stories: our people, our community, our home, was opened by Deputy Mayor Jan-Claire Wisdom, who also acted as a member of the Art Prize judging panel. Cr Wisdom was joined on the pnel by well-known Hills artist Rita Hill, and Ingrid Kellenbach, DEO of the Adelaide Central School of Art.
"Community art for Council is very much about access and participation. But much more than that, it is about both individual and community capacity building," said Cr Wisdom.
"It is particularly exciting to have two young winners who are commencing their artistic careers. Joseph had never exhibited outside of university before and his work was a particular standout for the judging panel."
Acquisitive Prize ($2,000): Joseph Haxan
Artwork: Hissing Colocasia
Commendation Prize: Ingrid Mangan
Young Artist Prize (18-35 years): Shaylee Knight
Artwork: The Amberlight
Judges were guided by how each artist was inspired to artistic excellence by the theme and did not know their identities until after the judging session.
A final prize, the Dragan Milanovich People's Choice, will be voted on by visitors across the course of the exhibition and presented at its conclusion.
Adelaide Hills Stories: our people, our community, our home is exhibiting at the newly appointed Arts & Heritage Hub at the Lobethal Woollen Mill: Building 20 until 10 December.
It's been 20 years since the Adelaide Hills Council was established in 1997 by amalgamating of the District Council of East Torrens, the District Council of Gumeracha, the District Council of Onkaparinga and the District Council of Stirling. The event celebrates bringing our communities together.