The Blake Prize, one of Australia’ oldest art prizes, celebrates art of a religious or spiritual nature. The Prize is not necessarily about artefacts or iconography like the Crucifix or the Menorah, though such references are often involved. Moreover, it celebrates art which tackles the subject matter of spiritual life, ethics and themes such as life and death in a meaningful way.
The prize is open to all faiths and cultures and so it’s no surprise that it fits perfectly within the community that it now calls home, the dynamic and fast-growing cultural hub of Liverpool in Sydney’s South West.
I was fortunate to have the privilege of representing the NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant at the exhibition and celebration of the Blake Prize at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC) on Friday the 12th of February. I was joined by Councillor Ned Mannoun, Mayor of Liverpool City Council, as well as the Director of CPAC, Ms Kiersten Fishburn.