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Trinity News : April 2012
SOA SOCIETY OF THE ARTS The Blake Prize Touring Exhibition opened the 2012 programme of concerts and exhibitions presented by the Society of the Arts. Now in its 60th year (and sixth year at Delmar Gallery), this prestigious art prize attracts entries from over 1000 artists Australia-wide. Following its exhibition at the National Art School, 30 works are selected to tour nationally, with Delmar Gallery as one of the first venues. This year’s prize included many high-profile contemporary artists and a strong component of painting and photography. The Blake Prize was established to stimulate artists’ engagement with religious themes, and how that has changed is a reflection of shifts in Australian society and culture. A fascinating book documenting this history was published to coincide with the 60th anniversary, and we were privileged to have its author, Rosemary Crumlin OAM, officially open the Exhibition. As well as being a well-designed exhibition space, Delmar Gallery is a perfect concert venue. This year’s Blake Concert was a Baroque recital given by three musicians renowned for their scholarship and interpretation of early music: Neal Peres da Costa (harpsichord), Daniel Yeadon (viola da gamba) and Brendan Joyce (baroque violin). The clarity and colour of compositions by Bach and Leclair carried beautifully through the Gallery, prompting the musicians to compare the acoustics to those of an Italian medieval church! The programme finished with a sonata by Pisendel, a composer rarely heard today, enthralling concert-goers with its virtuosic violin solo. Catherine Benz | Convenor, Society of the Arts and Curator Delmar Gallery top: Ali Khadim, Rustam Series (Bamiyan Buddah), miniature painting. Highly commended. above right: At the opening of the Blake Prize exhibition (from left): Kell Daniels, Director of Creative Arts; Rosemary Crumlin OAM; Steve Collins, Head of Visual Arts and Catherine Benz, Convenor, Society of the Arts right: Gallery visitors with Kiata Mason’s Blake Prize entry, Stardust below: The 60th Blake Prize Touring Exhibition at Delmar Gallery 2 TRINITY NEWS