We are excited to announce artist Tina Havelock Stevens has won The 65th Blake Prize, one of Australia’s longest running and most prestigious prizes.
Stevens, a Surry Hills NSW local, was selected as the winner from 80 finalist works. A blind judging process lead by a team of four industry professionals took place before Stevens was announced the winner of the $35,000 cash prize tonight.
Stevens’ work, Giant Rock, is a performance video piece in which the artist explores how certain life beliefs for some are the antithesis for others with the use of a rock and roll drum kit. Filmed in situ at Giant Rock in the Mojave Desert, a once spiritual place that now attracts dirt bikes and graffiti, Stevens inhabits the location visually and sonically, tuning into the frequencies of the site and history of the place.
Along with the main prize, two other Sydney artists were awarded prizes. Northbridge resident Pamela Leung was the winner of the $6,000 Blake Emerging Artist Prize for her work SORRY I NO UNDERSTAND, a reflection on the experience of dislocation, and the humanity within social justice.
Tracey Clement of Annandale was awarded the Blake Established Artist Residency for her sculptural piece Metropolis Experiment, which depicts a post-apocalyptic vision of a ruined city. The Blake Established Artist Residency prize includes a one-month residency and solo exhibition at CPAC.
Tina Havelock Stevens is pictured with her work.The Blake Prize is open 7x days a week till 1 July at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. Entry is free.