Blake prize opens at ACU Strathfield

The Touring Exhibition of the Blake Prize for Religious Art was formally opened last night by Australian Catholic University Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor John Coll at the Campus in Sydney.

"The artworks continue the quest to deepen religious and spiritual context of human experience, providing a balance in an age committed to the rational and scientific approach to truth," he said.

This year's winner, AnA Wojak, was present at the Opening with her poignant winning artwork Pieta (Dafur), one of almost 400 works submitted to the 53rd Blake Prize for Religious Art.

"AnA Wojak presents the audience with a compassionate work that, unlike the traditional image of the Pieta, addresses men's tears, the stillness of grief and human dignity in the face of great suffering," said Professor Sheehan.

"Because it is firmly committed to its Catholic identity and values ACU National has always acknowledged the importance of being sensitive to the community, respectful of pluralism and encouraging of the pursuit of truth and justice. In this spirit, since 1999 we have been the major sponsors of the Blake Prize for Religious Art, which carries prize money worth $10,000," he said.

Since 1951, The Blake Society has awarded an annual prize for a work of art with a religious or spiritual theme. A selection of art works from The Blake Prize for Religious Art, known as the Touring Blake, travels around Australia each year. The Touring Blake will also be shown at the ACU National Gallery on the University's Melbourne Campus (St Patrick's) in July.

The exhibition is open to the public Monday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm, from 18 May to 18 June. Entry is free and parking is available. Enter via Gate 3.

Blake prize opens at ACU National Strathfield (Australian Catholic University 17/5/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
The Blake Prize for Religious Art | Winner of 2004 Blake Prize: AņA Wojak
ACU Natinoal Gallery @ Strathfield
ACU National

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18 May 2005