Cricket Art Prize 2009 - An art prize that cross-pollinates with a Trans-Tasman rivalry

A new art prize has been created offering AU$20,000 to the winning painting and international exposure to the finalists.
The Cricket Art Prize endeavours to bring together the New Zealand/Australian cricket communities and art world across the spectrum of our national-psyche(s). 
ANZAC history and sense of identity are linked to cricket and our social interactions are often complimented with some form of the game, whether that is beach cricket, backyard cricket, social-cricket or local club cricket.
Art echoes the emotions, beliefs and prejudices in a community that influence thought, behaviour and personality.  Artists have been asked to use this Trans-Tasman rivalry, game and sport of cricket as the vehicle to unsettle preconceptions, generate new ideas and consider our contemporary culture. More importantly, cricket brings people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities together.
Sydney Cricket Ground Trust Chief Executive Officer, Mr Jamie Barkley commented; “I feel I speak for all SCG members and SCG cricket fans when I say that we are very excited to be one of the principal sponsors for the Cricket Art Prize 2009. 
"The official opening and two week exhibition in the Members Pavilion will be quite an occasion and will not only serve the interests of all Australians & New Zealanders fascinated in art and cricket, but also feature as a regular event on the SCG calendar.”
The first prize has been generously underwritten by Kevin Maloney. He is the founder and Executive Chairman of MAC Services Group. “A Cricket Art Prize is a great idea and I couldn’t understand why it hadn’t been started a long time ago – I’m happy to be involved,” he said.

A Cricket Art Prize painting is a composition depicting some aspect of the game and sport of cricket, and may feature figurative, still-life, figure-in-landscape themes in settings of backyard cricket, street-cricket, beach cricket, social-cricket or local club cricket.  The style may be representative, modern or semi-abstract.

There is an image pre-selection process i.e. a CD or DVD containing high quality jpeg images of the artist’s entry must contain 2 full-frame high quality jpegs of the completed work with up to 4 ‘detail’ images, which will show the surface, texture and finish of the work. The inaugural opening and exhibition will be on Thursday 8th October 2009.

For further information and an entry form, please hit the website

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