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Trinity News : April 2011
SOA SOCIETY OF THE ARTS The 2011 Society of the Arts concert and exhibition series had a successful start to the year with the Blake Prize Touring Exhibition and Annual Blake Concert being held at the Delmar Gallery. The annual Blake Prize aims to stimulate contemporary artistic engagement with spiritual and religious themes. Out of 1000 entries, 30 works are chosen for the touring exhibition, which is always of the highest calibre. Mr James Mills, former Chairman of Council, officially opened the exhibition with reflections on the Prize’s namesake, visionary artist and poet William Blake. 2011 Society of the Arts Scholar, Dane Drivas, adeptly read an excerpt from the winning entry of the Blake Poetry Prize. Guests for the Annual Blake Concert were the extraordinarily talented members of one of Australia’s premier vocal ensembles, the Song Company. On a Sunday afternoon in late February, there was standing room only for their recital of sacred music from the Middle Ages to the 21st centuries. The artistic director, Roland Peelman, had devised an exquisite programme to complement the Blake Prize exhibition. The performance opened with the singers stationed at all four corners of the gallery, filling the room with the celestial strains of a 12th century devotional song. It concluded with the rapid fire of Australian composer Kats-Chernin’s interpretation of the Stabat Mater, sung alongside Monica Oppen’s work of art of the same title. Catherine Benz | Convenor, Society of the Arts and Curator Delmar Gallery above: Michelle Sakaris “Font” 2009 – Pigment print on paper. Winner of the John Coburn Emerging Artist Award top left: Fiona White “Age 36” 2009 – Compressed charcoal, acrylic paint, lacquer on board. Winner of the Blake Human Justice Award below left: Kate Briscoe – The Contemplation of Rocks - Kimberley Wilderness” 2010. Sand, acrylic and pigments on canvass TRINITY NEWS 25