Opening tonight for Blake Prize Melbourne viewing

The Touring Exhibition of the $10,000 Blake Prize for Religious Art will be formally opened by Lady Gobbo, at the Australian Catholic University Fitzroy campus tonight at 6:00 pm.

The winning entry of the 2004 Blake Prize, Pieta (Dafur) by Aña Wojak is featured in the exhibition. This piece represents an image of the drought and hardship under which the Sudan is currently suffering.

"Unlike the traditional image of the Pieta, this compassionate work addresses men's tears, the stillness of grief and human dignity in the face of great suffering," said Associate Professor Margot Hillel OAM.

"The other artists present to the audience an opportunity to speculate upon the connections between spirituality and human experience and challenge the viewers to respond to and reflect on issues of religious, spiritual and social significance," she said.

The opening takes place at the Melbourne Campus (St Patrick's) Gallery, 26 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy tonight (Thursday, 30 June), at 6pm.

Two artists, Stephen Eastaugh and Libby Letcher will present talks at the ACU National Gallery on Saturday, 2 July and Saturday, 9 July each commencing at 12 noon. Libby will also be present at the opening.

The exhibition is open to the public Monday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm, from 1 July to 13 July 2005. Entry is free.

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. This exhibition was on display at the Strathfield Campus (Mount Saint Mary) from 18 May to 18 June.

Blake Prize opens at ACU National Melbourne (Australian Catholic University 28/6/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
The Blake Prize for Religious Art | Winner of 2004 Blake Prize: Aña Wojak

Blake prize opens at ACU Strathfield (CathNews 18/5/05)
Blake art prize winner 'evokes humanity in all' (CathNews 22/11/04)
Poetical ribs take religious art prize (CathNews 13/11/03)

Art empowers Sydney's homeless (St Vincent de Paul Society NSW/ACT 30/6/05)
Charles O'Neill House Self Portrait (St Vincent de Paul Society NSW/ACT 24/6/05)

30 Jun 2005