One chance to see top Waterhouse artworks

Media release: Thursday, 19 September 2013

The top entries in the prestigious Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize will be on show at the National Archives in Canberra from 20 September, the only location outside of Adelaide to host the works.

The Canberra exhibition displays the top 33 winning and highly commended artworks, selected out of a record 859 entries from around the globe. As one of Australia's richest art competitions – organised by the South Australian Museum – the Waterhouse is unique in its mission to encourage exploration of the sciences through high-calibre art.

The combined prizemoneys total more than $100,000, with an overall acquisitive winner's prize of $50,000 and category prizes of $12,000 each for paintings, works on paper and sculpture and objects. The Waterhouse Youth Art Prize is worth $5,000.

'We're delighted to partner with the South Australia Museum again this year and to host this world class exhibition,' said David Fricker, Director-General of the National Archives. 'It is particularly fitting that we have the top entries here during Floriade when so many locals and visitors are keenly aware of the natural beauty that surrounds us.

'We also feel honoured that top nature photographer Steve Parish has accepted our invitation to open the exhibition.'

An intricate lace cape Flight of Fancy, created by South Australian artist Judith Brown from bulbs, leaves and paper, is this year's overall winner – and also received the People's Choice award. The judges described it as 'a work of singular originality and rare beauty'.

Sculpture is a strong feature this year, with works of glass, ceramic, paper, timber, silver and gold among the prize winners.  Indigenous works feature among the winning paintings, while works on paper include an array of imaginative creations.

The exhibition is on show at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes, ACT from 20 September until 10 November 2013.

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