The 65th Blake Prize

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The 65th Blake Prize

Description

Since 2016 Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC), with the support of Liverpool City Council, has conducted The Blake Prize as a bi-annual event, ensuring the future of this landmark prize. CPAC will maintain the guiding principles of The Blake Prize, continuing to engage contemporary artists, both nationally and internationally, in conversations concerning faith, spirituality, religion, hope, humanity, social justice, belief and non-belief.  The Blake Prize presents an aesthetic means of exploring the wider experience of spirituality and all this may entail through the visionary imagining of contemporary artists.

The Blake Prize takes its name from William Blake, an artist of undoubted genius, who succeeded in integrating the religious and artistic in his work. The prize aims to encourage contemporary artists of varied styles, religious and spiritual allegiances to create significant works of art which engage in conversations and negotiations concerning spirituality and religion.

CPAC is committed to local, national and global communities, artists and audiences. It is located in Liverpool, an area in which communities from over 150 birthplaces, speaking over 140 languages with an equally diverse range of religious backgrounds, call home. This vibrant site is reflected in the centre as stories, ideas, art forms and philosophies fuse to celebrate cultural diversity. Furthermore, CPAC is committed to evolving the creative industries of South West Sydney as it supports emerging and established artists from numerous disciplines to create work which reflects its diverse community.

Three prizes are selected by the judges for the best contemporary artwork that addresses the religious or spiritual. The Blake Prize is a non-acquisitive prize of $35,000, The Blake Emerging Artist Prize is an acquisitive prize of $6,000 and The Blake Established Artist Residency consists of a residency and solo exhibition hosted by CPAC. All prizes are strictly non-sectarian. Entries are not restricted to works related to any faith or artistic style. All artworks entered must have a recognisable exploration of faith, spirituality, religion, hope, humanity, social justice, belief and/or non-belief.

Important Dates

 

  • Entries Open: 2 January 2018
  • Entries Close: 16 February 2018
  • Finalist Notification: 23 March 2018
  • Artworks Delivered: 9 – 24 April 2018
  • Exhibition Dates: 12 May – 1 July 2018
  • Launch: 19 May 6 – 9pm 2018
  • Collection of Artworks: 9 – 18 July 2018

Prizes

The Blake Prize | $35,000 | Non-Acquisitive

Established in 1951, The Blake Prize is an open art prize that challenges artists to engage in conversations relating to religion and spirituality. It is open to all faiths, artistic styles and media.

 

The Blake Emerging Artist Prize | $6,000 | Acquisitive

The Blake Emerging Artist Prize is an acquisitive art prize of $6,000 with the winning artist's entry becoming part of the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre Collection.

 

The Blake Established Artist Residency

The Blake Established Artist Residency is open to artists who have been practicing for more than 5 years. The prize includes a four week residency and solo exhibition hosted by CPAC.