As the 2020 National Works on Paper exhibition draws to a close on 21 February at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (MPRG), major prize winner Annika Romeyn also walks away as the winner of the 2020 Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, while her major work Endurance 5 was selected for the 2020 John Leslie Art Prize and her work Endurance IV has been acquired by the Canberra Museum & Art Gallery.
For those checking out the final weeks of the exhibition at MPRG, see how Romeyn’s work focuses on creating experiential artworks inspired by her feelings of wilderness areas that are generally traversed by foot, raft or kayak. The location of the work – Guerilla Bay, South Coast New South Wales, is a place intertwined with memories last shared with her mother. To support and promote contemporary artists, NWOP provided up to $50,000 acquisitions and awards, of which Romeyn was awarded $15,000 for her multi-panelled work.
The National Works on Paper (NWOP) exhibition is a celebration of paper, as well as artistic resilience and showcases what is happening in Australia’s contemporary art world today. Focusing on how traditional approaches to working with paper can be explored beside works that incorporate new technologies, the result is a diverse viewing experience that adjusts our perception and appreciation for what working with and on paper entails.
From home, spectators are also able to order a MPRG Art Box curated by NWOP finalist David Frazer who has presented an online Mastering Linocut Printmaking Workshop, allowing viewers to virtually work alongside him. The art box includes a set of basic lino cutting tools, a 15cm square of silk-cut lino, a roller, black relief ink and smooth surface printmaking paper.
The art box and online workshop allows inexperienced art-lovers to have a go at printmaking, a great opportunity for viewers to get hands-on with contemporary art, bringing the experience of the exhibition to life in their own homes.
For the full MPRG program visit mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au
National Works on Paper
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington
More information: 5950 1580 or mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au