The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize 2014Share Event on Facebook Share Event on Twitter Share Event on LinkedIn
The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize is one of the treasures of the art world that can jolt our ‘climate change’ lethargy, endear us to the minutiae of the natural world and keep inspiring artists to enter in an eclectic mix of media with works of exceptional standard.
The National Archives of Australia is the only other city this exhibition visits each year after its South Australian Museum opening and each year it is keenly anticipated by locals. This year we have three Canberra artists selected in the top entries from 627 entries from 11 countries vying for a combined prize pool of $50,000.
Included is Harriet Schwarzrock’s glass sculpture ‘breathe’ that took my breath away when I realized what it said in the haste to focus for a picture. And I kept coming back to it to admire the simplicity and delicacy of the glass that looked uncannily look sea grass about to wave in the breeze.
Another to catch my eye was the People’s Choice Award from the Adelaide exhibition where artist Wendy Jennings has used hands to paint on animal heads in the most beautiful and meticulous presentation that reminds me of those quirky faces we drew for kindy kids’ story telling. This story is more compelling; ‘Their lives in our hands’ is the title and Wendy with husband Paul drove from Adelaide to be among the guests for this opening.
This exhibition is of 32 winning and highly commended works. Each will catch your eye for a different reason, and one should be purchased for the Prime Minister to hang in his office, but the one I’d recommend already has a red sticker on it. The exhibition continues at the National Archives of Australia until 9 November.