Art award connects Vasse community

Vasse Art Award committee member Anna Couzic, artist Kay Gibson, and committee members Alli Edwards and Steph Argyle with Little Night Owl, a piece donated by Gibson as the raffle prize. Image Sophie Elliott.
Vasse Art Award committee member Anna Couzic, artist Kay Gibson, and committee members Alli Edwards and Steph Argyle with Little Night Owl, a piece donated by Gibson as the raffle prize. Image Sophie Elliott.

Vasse Primary School will again be transformed into an art gallery for the biannual Vasse Art Award.

More than 200 artworks have been entered and will compete for the $8000 Vasse Development, Hanson and Bendigo Bank grand prize.

Other awards up for grabs include the Leeuwin Civil People’s Choice, an Indigenous Art Prize and Student’s Choice.

Works range from acrylics, inks, oils and watercolour to sculpture and mixed-media by emerging and established artists.

Vasse Primary School principal Sinan Kerimofski said the school was thrilled to host the event once again.

“The event is now nationally recognised and provides much needed funds for our school,” he said.

“Our students really enjoy the authentic art experiences when they visit the exhibition during the day – it is quite an amazing opportunity for them to see high level art of this nature in their backyard.

“The awards also bring together the Vasse community and we really want to give students a sense of belonging and for Vasse Primary School to be a hub for the community.”

Mr Kerimofski said the fundraiser was in line with the extensive arts program offered at the school.

“The arts is something that is accessible to students of all ages and abilities,” he said.

“It doesn’t matter how well you can read, write or do math, it is about being creative and participating, and we have a strong focus on the arts for that purpose.”

Since its inception in 2004, funds raised from the award have contributed to the development of the school’s middle playground, provided smart boards in classrooms, the installation of a roof between demountable classrooms and the refurbishment of the school canteen.

Vasse Art Award committee member Anna Couzic said the event had creative and positive impact on the Vasse Primary School and community.

“It’s rewarding to know the funds raised from the event will enrich our children’s education, and all future students who attend the school,” she said.

The 2018 Vasse Art Award exhibition will run from April 15 to 21 from 10am to 3pm at Vasse Primary School.

An art catalogue and purchases are also available online at vasseartaward.org.au.