Sea shell spaniel among the Darebin Art Show winners - Art Collector

Natalie Thomas, Puppy (2), 2013. Mixed media, 38 x 33 x 18cm. Courtesy: the artist and Darebin Art Show, Melbourne

11 December 2013 | Natalie Thomas, Tama TK Favell, Lisa White, Hilary Jackman and Matthew Gove are the winners of the 2013 Darebin Art Show Awards.

The Darebin Art Show is a biennial award first held in 1992. It is open to artists who live, work or learn in the City of Darebin (located north of the Melbourne CBD) and it recognises works that demonstrate experimentation and excellence.

The announcement of the 2013 winners was made at the historic Bundoora Homestead on Friday. The winning artists share a total of $10,000 and their works join the City of Darebin collection - read on for some information about the works.

Tama TK Favell, Rarohenga, lino print on paper, edition of 2. Courtesy: the artist and Darebin Art Show, Melbourne

Natalie Thomas' Puppy (2) (top picture) is a plaster spaniel covered in sea shells that pays homage to Jeff Koon's Puppy and references her childhood in Queensland. Her practice is diverse and has frequently involved collaborations. In 2008 she and Concertine Inserra were awarded the William and Winfred Bowness Prize for Photography, and her former collaborative nat&ali had works in the 2003 Primavera at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and in the exhibition 2004 at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

Tama TK Favell's
Rarohenga (pictured directly above) is a lino print that honours his transgender father Mase, who was a dearly loved elder in the Darebin trans/queer community. Favell received the 2012 Print Council of Australia Commission and currently has a work on display in Melbourne Now at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Lisa White's
Parking Lot (pictured below) sees White continue her exploration of sparse and abandoned urban landscapes and the emotional states they instill.

The two other winning works were Hilary Jackman's linocut
86 Tram (Series 1), which documents her travelling companions on a tram route she frequents, and Matthew Gove's ceramic Untitled, which references both historical and science fiction objects.

Lisa White, Parking Lot, type C print. Courtesy: the artist and Darebin Art Show, Melbourne

The judging panel comprised Tim Fisher, senior project curator at the State Library of Victoria; Cara-Ann Simpson, curator at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre and Gaetano Greco, Mayor of the City of Darebin.

Other artists selected for this year's exhibition include Rosalind Atkins, Katherine Hattam, Emily Ferretti, Peta Clancy and Warren Lane. The 2013 Darebin Art Show is on display at Bundoora Homestead Arts Centre, Bundoora until 16 February 2014.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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