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2011 Kate Derum Award winners announced

25-10-2011

Judges of the 2011 Kate Derum Award, Jason Smith and Kay Lawrence AO have announced Victorian artist, Joy Smith as the winner of this year's award for her work, Chainsaw.

In selecting Smith's work as the winner, the judges were impressed by the wit and originality of the tapestry that took as its subject a quintessential masculine tool, the chainsaw, portrayed with great clarity sitting on a shelf that could also be read as a landscape denuded of trees.

"The snapshot format, simplified form and expressive colour of Chainsaw take full advantage of the qualities of woven tapestry to create a seemingly simple but resonant image, a small work with a powerful impact, rather like its subject," says Lawrence.

Smith intends to use the $5,000 prize money to further develop and extend her art practice.

The judges awarded the $1,000 Emerging Artist award to another Victorian artist, Saffron Lily Gordon for her work, Jack of Diamonds. The Emerging Artist Award is given to an artist who has been practicing for less than five years.

The 2011 Kate Derum Award has captured the attention of some of the world's most accomplished tapestry artists with 63 entries received. 43 artists' works were selected as finalists with 17 coming from Australia and 26 from overseas. The list includes many accomplished tapestry artists including Tim Gresham (AUS), Inyul Heo (KOREA), Fiona Hutchinson (UK), Valerie Kirk (AUS), Michael F. Rohde (USA) and Cheryl Thornton (AUS).

Generously supported by Susan Morgan and the Tapestry Foundation of Australia, the Kate Derum Award was created in honour of the former Deputy Director of the Australian Tapestry Workshop who passed away in 2008.

The Award celebrates Kate as an accomplished artist, respected teacher, avid supporter of the Workshop and ambassador for Australian tapestry. She was a wonderful role model and leader, and influenced the lives of so many young artists.

For further information on the Kate Derum Award contact 03 9699 7885 or visit www.austapestry.com.au.

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