• 'Their lives in our hands' by Wendy Jennings

    'Their lives in our hands' by Wendy Jennings

  • Kaet Lovell, Sarah Stewart, Tara Nichols and Nadia McCallum

    Kaet Lovell, Sarah Stewart, Tara Nichols and Nadia McCallum

  • Cigdem and John La Salle

    Cigdem and John La Salle

  • Filomena Cunha-Alves and Ambassador of Portugal Paulo Portuga

    Filomena Cunha-Alves and Ambassador of Portugal Paulo Portuga

  • Tammy Ven Dange, Michaela Forster Archs and Kathi Zarka

    Tammy Ven Dange, Michaela Forster Archs and Kathi Zarka

  • Julia and Alan Landford

    Julia and Alan Landford

  • 'breathe' by Canberra glass artist Harriet Schwarzrock

    'breathe' by Canberra glass artist Harriet Schwarzrock

  • Katrina Nitschke and NAA Director David Fricker and Jennifer Aherns 'Heartwood #7

    Katrina Nitschke and NAA Director David Fricker and Jennifer Aherns 'Heartwood #7

  • Erica Seccomb and Louise Doyle

    Erica Seccomb and Louise Doyle

  • Paloma Lopez and the 2014 winner, Carol King's 'High Tide, Wynnum'

    Paloma Lopez and the 2014 winner, Carol King's 'High Tide, Wynnum'

  • Wendy and Paul Jennings

    Wendy and Paul Jennings

  • Nature's random art work on the NAA footpath......

    Nature's random art work on the NAA footpath......

  • Kristy Lam, Fran Tapia, Housh Fallah, Ladina Battin and in front Erna Glassford

    Kristy Lam, Fran Tapia, Housh Fallah, Ladina Battin and in front Erna Glassford

The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize 2014

25 September 2014

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.