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A new art prize on offer at the Darlington Arts Festival

The Darlington Arts Festival has a new art prize named after the late Robert Juniper, who was one of Australia’s most distinguished artists and one of the festival’s founding members.

Artists are being invited to enter works and win $10,000 in the new Robert Juniper Landscape Art Prize, which festival organisers say will further perpetuate his memory.

The Darlington Arts Festival started as a fundraising event for the local bush fire brigade and many of Western Australia’s leading artists, including Juniper, lived and worked in Darlington and donated works and considerable support to the cause.

The festival, which last year drew about 12,000 to the Darlington Hall and oval, will set up again over the weekend of Friday 4 and Saturday 5 November.

Established and emerging artists will showcase their work in five different categories and visitors will be entertained with free stage acts and there will be over 100 stalls to browse.

The Robert Juniper Landscape Art prize has been donated by his wife Trish Juniper.

Mrs Juniper said the festival was now in its 53rd year and as organisers were keen to bring a wider audience and a more national profile to the event the launch of a new major art award seemed appropriate

“I am proud to sponsor The Robert Juniper Landscape Art Prize in honour of his wonderful career which was recognized both nationally and internationally,” she said.

“This is an award that I feel sure Bobby would have been proud of.

“I am delighted to say Professor Ted Snell who is the chief cultural officer at the University of Western Australia and Marlene Stafford, previous chair of the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation have both accepted my invitation to judge the award.”

The winner will be announced on the opening night on Friday, November 5.

Darlington Arts Festival organiser Peter Nicholls said registrations for entries were open until September 30 and artworks needed to be dropped off on Monday, October 31.

Judging will take place on Wednesday, November 2 and the winners will be announced on the opening night.

Mr Nicholls said the festival was continuing to grow and broaden in its reach, and that was a good sign. He said submissions were coming in from more established and renown artists from greater Perth and the suburbs.

For more information about the festival, including how to enter artwork go to  http://www.darlingtonartsfestival.org/

About Rashelle Predovnik

Rashelle has been the senior journalist at Echo News since June 2011. She was a finalist in the WA Media Awards in 2015 and 2013. In 2014 Rashelle took out the whole print category in the Deborah Kirwan Media Awards for a series of stories she wrote that has positively influenced community attitudes towards seniors. In 2013, Rashelle was a finalist in the Consumer Protection Media Awards. Before joining Echo News, Rashelle worked at WA Business News, Media Monitors, she was a freelance journalist and taught journalism units at Murdoch University.

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