The National Archives in Canberra is the venue until 10 November
art in science
for the top entries in the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize - the only location outside Adelaide to host the works.
Flight of Fancy
The exhibition displays the top 33 winning and highly commended artworks, selected out of a record 859 entries from around the globe.
As one of Australia's richest art competitions, organised by the South Australian Museum, the Waterhouse is unique in its mission to encourage exploration of the sciences through high-calibre art.
Combined prize money totals more than $100,000, with an overall winner's prize of $50,000 and category prizes of $12,000 each for paintings, works on paper and sculpture and objects. The Waterhouse Youth Art Prize is worth $5,000.
Director-General of the National Archives, David Fricker said it was particularly fitting that the Archives had the top entries in Canberra during the Floriade spring flower festival when so many local people and visitors were keenly aware of the natural beauty that surrounded them.
An intricate lace cape Flight of Fancy, created by South Australian artist, Judith Brown from bulbs, leaves and paper, is this year's overall winner. It also received the People's Choice Award. The judges described it as “a work of singular originality and rare beauty”.
Sculpture is a strong feature, with works of glass, ceramic, paper, timber, silver and gold among the prize winners. Indigenous works are among the winning paintings, while works on paper include an array of imaginative creations.
Edition 380, 24 September 2013