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Whittlesea artists ‘viewing things differently’ for exhibition

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OIL and acrylic paintings, digital images, photography, sculpture, glasswork and mosaic are all set to feature in this year’s City of Whittlesea Annual Art Exhibition.

The City of Whittlesea council has hosted the event every year since 2011, showcasing and celebrating the work of artists who live, work or are connected to the City of Whittlesea.

Artists were invited to ‘view things differently’ when creating their works for this year’s exhibition, with more than 100 artists from diverse backgrounds submitting works following the New Light theme.

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City of Whittlesea chair administrator Lydia Wilson said some artists had chosen to view things from a new angle or perspective, with illuminating knowledge, or through lessons learned in challenging times.

“We know what an important role art plays in building shared understanding and creating community connections and the last few years have really highlighted that,” she said.

“Through their works, the artists have expressed their unique interests and personal stories when responding to the theme.”

Each year, the City of Whittlesea awards a number of honours for the exhibition, judged by a panel consisting of council representatives including Ms Wilson.

The 2022 award recipients include: Lei Cui – City of Whittlesea Annual Art Award; Connie Pennisi – Innovative use of materials Award of Excellence; Michelle Dyer – Response to theme Award of Excellence; Mohamed Abumeis – Creative expression Award of Excellence; and PONDHAWK – Ilma Duncan Award.

Honourable mentions include Noeline Jardine, Lucy Cleary, Loredana Sanna, Michael von Rohl, Mary Alzawahera, Greenbrook Mosaic Group, and Whittlesea U3A Art for Fun.

A people’s choice award will also be awarded at the end of the exhibition.

The New Light Art Exhibition will be open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, from November 10 to December 15 at The Great Hall located at council’s Civic Centre at 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang.

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