Last Friday, 21 August Gallery Lane Cove opened the Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards exhibition and announced the awards for outstanding emerging art works. There was a fantastic crowd of visitors who packed into the gallery and were also able to see Loique Allain’s solo exhibition, Souvenirs. Loique was the winner of the award back in 2013 and has spent the last two years, putting an incredible body of work together. Her exhibition was opened by artist Neil Frazer who is represented by Martin Browne Contemporary and he gave us an intimate insight into Loiques background and influences.
This year, the judges Guy Warren AOM, Denis Clarke and Rhonda Davis were hard pressed to come up with just one winner and instead the Lane Cove Council decided to support two acquisitive awards of $5,000 this year. A fantastic result for the Lane Cove Municipal Collection and the artists. The award attracted over 70 applications from artists in South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and the ACT and with Loique Allain originally from Adelaide, the opening had visitors from all over Australia. Officially opened by the Mayor of Lane Cove, Crl David Brooks-Horne, the audience was treated to an impassioned introduction by Rhonda Davis, one of this year’s judges and Senior Curator at Macquarie University Gallery. Rhonda highlighted the struggles of artists working in an environment of reduced government funding and congratulated the Lane Cove Council on their generosity and foresight into encouraging a young creative culture, not just in Lane Cove but across Australia.
Thanks to our sponsors and supporters, Gallery Lane Cove, Lane Cove Council and the Lane Cove Art Society.
Congratulations to all the artists who exhibited. The following awards for 2015 went to:Acquisitive Awards: $5,000 plus solo exhibitions –Max Berry & Martin Claydon, both from Sydney Highly Commended: $1,500 sponsored by the Lane Cove Art Society, Jessica Kellar from Newcastle Commended: $1000 sponsored by Gallery Lane Cove and Centrehouse Arts Centre, Lizzie Nagy also from Sydney