A new award sponsored by the Arts Centre provides silversmiths with an opportunity to reflect the performing arts in a contemporary work.

The inaugural Arts Centre Silver Acquisitive Award is included in the 2007 Contemporary Australian Silver & Metalwork Exhibition presented by Buda Historic Home and Garden in Castlemaine.

The $8000 biennial prize will be awarded to a professional silversmith, artist or jeweller who shows originality and high-level craftsmanship in interpreting the performing arts through the medium of silver.

The inaugural winner will be announced on Sunday April 1 at Buda Historic Home and Garden and the winning work will be part of the 2007 exhibition tour which begins in Castlemaine before touring regional centres.

The Arts Centre Silver Acquisitive Award has been made possible through the generous bequest of Maxwell and Merle Carroll.  The Carroll’s were a prominent Melbourne couple, who bequeathed to the Arts Centre a group of silver objects, along with an annual stipend to preserve and extend that collection.

“The Arts Centre Silver Acquisitive Award prompts a new direction in the collection of artistic interpretations of the performing arts, for the Arts Centre,” says Janine Barrand, the Arts Centre’s Manager of Collections and Research.

“The Arts Centre’s Art Collection is one of the most significant public arts collections in Australia. It is largely focused on paintings, drawings and prints along with selected sculptural works that explore the intersections between visual and performing arts, in particular the ways in which artists are inspired by music, dance, theatre, opera and the creativity of performance.”

The future of the Art Collection lies in maintaining a dynamic approach to acquiring work by Australia’s best contemporary artists and fostering new opportunities for artists working in all mediums to engage with the performing arts.

We are delighted therefore to be able to initiate this prize in association with the nationally acclaimed Contemporary Australian Silver & Metalwork Exhibition and we welcome the opportunity it affords to promote the visual and performing arts through a new regional partnership with Buda Historic Home and Garden.

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