Growth

Growth

by Michelle Kelly

Finalist - Open Category, 2018 Waterhouse Art Prize

Fruit and olive

Fruit and olive

by Nick Mount

Finalist - Open Category, 2018 Waterhouse Art Prize

Vortical pair XI

Vortical pair XI

by Zoe Woods

Finalist - Open Category, 2018 Waterhouse Art Prize

Water Bird

Water Bird

by Aly de Groot

Finalist - Open Category, 2018 Waterhouse Art Prize

Lichen world - golden moonglow

Lichen world - golden moonglow

by Emma Kelly

Finalist - Emerging Category, 2016 Waterhouse Art Prize

The great forgetting

The great forgetting

by Hayley Lander

Finalist- Emerging Category, 2018 Waterhouse Art Prize

2018 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize

The winners for the open and emerging artist categories have been announced!

Open artist category

Canberra artist, Erica Seccombe has been announced the winner of the 2018 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize with her video, Metamorphosis.

Erica’s practice spans from traditional and photographic print media and since 2006 she has been an artist and resident teacher at the Australian National University’s Department of Applied Mathematics and Vizlab, National Computational Infrastructure.

Judges’ comments:

The winner of the Open section was the video work Metamorphosis by Erica Seccombe. In the unanimous view of the judging panel, Seccombe profoundly captured the spirit of the prize with a work that took as its foundation the ordinarily unseen intersection between science and art. Metamorphosis represents a deep collaboration between scientific and aesthetic enquiry, with the tools of one being instrumental to the realisation of the other. While at one level the video documents the metamorphosis of a pupating fly, from maggot to fully formed insect, at another it works to enlarge our understanding of the mysterious cycles of life itself.

Emerging artist category

Also hailing from the Canberra region, artist Hayley Lander has been named the winner of the Emerging artist category in the 2018 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, with her piece The great forgetting.

Judges’ comments:

The winner of the Emerging section was the work The great forgetting by Hayley Lander. The highly considered, painterly sophistication of Lander’s work impressed the judging panel, who felt it belied her relative inexperience. While an affecting and poignant study in natural history, at one level, the work employed compositional devices more familiar to traditional trompe l’oeil painting at another. The unexpectedly surrealist scaffolding and counter-weighting of its principal subject – eucalyptus leaves in various states of decay – made it a compelling choice.

The exhibition of finalist artworks is on display at the South Australian Museum from Friday 8 June to Sunday 5 August 2018. Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the Museum shop.

During the exhibition people will be able to make their choice on the piece that most significantly reflects the spirit of the Waterhouse Prize through the People’s Choice Dr Wendy Wickes Memoriam Prize. Members of a Professional Scientific Society group will also be able to vote as part of the Scientists’ Choice Award, which recognises that the key purpose of the Waterhouse is to connect people through art to the work of scientists and the wonder of the natural world. 

About the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize

The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize commemorates the birth of the South Australian Museum’s first curator, Frederick George Waterhouse. The biennial prize is an opportunity for artists to investigate the world around them, and present their perspectives on natural science. It encourages artists to make a statement about the scientific issues facing our planet, and offers a valuable platform for them to contribute to the environmental debate. Over the years the competition has become a much loved fixture on the arts calendar, allowing artists and audiences to explore natural science through a range of creative outlets.

More information

For further information please contact waterhouseartprize@samuseum.sa.gov.au.

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