Firmly embedded in the tradition of the Barossa Vintage Festival, the much-loved Barossa Vintage Festival Art Prize is a group exhibition presented by the Barossa Regional Gallery and The Barossa Council featuring artists from the Barossa, South Australia and beyond.
“We are always excited about the potential this initiative brings for new works in a variety of mediums,” said Kirsty Hage, Manager – Community and Culture, The Barossa Council. “We love to celebrate the Barossa as a creative community. The Vintage Festival Art Prize is an exciting opportunity to create broader exposure for our artists and give them another platform to showcase their talent.”
Once an acquisitive prize with the earliest work ‘Snow Line’ by Brian Seidel acquired during the 1965 Vintage Festival, the Barossa Regional Gallery is now fortunate to be home to the Barossa Vintage Festival Art Collection, consisting of over 80 artworks which have been collected over the last 60 years. Among these pieces there is a strong emphasis on landscapes in all mediums and styles.
“This magnificent community space is under the careful custodianship and management of The Barossa Council, with a focus on supporting community, art, culture, heritage and music in our region,” shared Kirsty Hage.
“One day we hope to have the capacity to begin to acquire new works again, adding to the collection. An important role for public galleries is to collect art and ensure that it is preserved for future generations and that it is accessible over time for people to enjoy and respond to.”
The collection is an important part of the Barossa’s history and as such has significant cultural value. It is rotated and displayed at least once a year at the Gallery and features well-known artists, including Imants Tillers, Kathleen Petyarre, Hilary Mais, Rod Schubert, Marnie Gilder, David Dalwitz, Pamela Kouwenhoven and Dianne Longley.
For the 2021 Art Prize, artists have been invited to create new works responding to the theme ‘Emergence’ – the process of becoming visible after being concealed – into existence, into prominence.
In 2019, 77 artists responded to the theme, ‘Petrichor’ the smell of rain on hot dry ground.
“The diversity and breadth of responses to our thematic statements has been thrilling to observe,” commented Sally Goers-Fox, Exhibition Committee member.
The exhibition will run from April 14 through to June 7, with the People’s Choice Prize and independently judged Prize announced at the official Opening on April 15 at 5:30 p.m.
The Gallery is open daily during the Vintage Festival between 11am and 4 p.m.