Portrait of Ruby Wins New Health-Focused Art Award


Over 400 nominations were received from artists from across South Australia for the Artistic Prize, which invited participants to respond to the theme of Healing with regard to human physical and mental health and well-being.

Allegra’s oil painting by Crisp, a queer, disabled and fluid artist, was selected from 40 finalists by a jury made up of artist and former Minister of the Arts Diana Laidlaw, director of Hill-Smith Art Advisory Margo Hill-Smith, and Dentons Nicholas Linke, partner of Fisher Jeffries.

First Steven Marshall with Jasmine Crisp and Ruby Allegra. Photo: Andrew Beveridge

In a statement, the judges said the painting, They had to share (a portrait of Ruby), strongly embraced the theme and “highlights Jasmine’s sensitive connection and portrayal of her subject.”

“She honors and captures Ruby’s unique perspective on her lived experiences, which are often confronted and often lacking in privacy.”

Crisp, who graduated from Adelaide Central School of Art with an Honors BA in Visual Arts in 2017, works primarily in painting and drawing and has previously been a finalist for the SALA, Emma Hack Art Prize and Kennedy Art Prize, as well as winner of the YouthScape Art Prize.

A total of $ 50,000 in prizes was awarded through the Center for Creative Health Art Prize, with the $ 5,000 Emerging Artist Prize being awarded to multidisciplinary artist Ida Sophia for her work. Regret, an installation that includes hundreds of written expressions of regret contributed by members of the public. Sophia presented a performance lasting 28 days of Regret in June at Floating Goose Studios.

Tina McKenzie won $ 5,000 veterans and emergency first responders award for her ceramic installation Replacement nursery figures.

The Center for Creative Health, a charity formed by the Hospital Research Foundation Group, offers arts programs and creative initiatives to patients, visitors and staff at Central Adelaide Local Health Network hospitals. He launched the first artistic award in June, with executive director Fiona Smithson saying it comes at a time “when the challenges of physical and mental health are paramount in our society.”

The Center for Creative Health finalists exhibition is on display at the Light Square Gallery, Adelaide College of the Arts, through October 22, with the public invited to vote for their favorite work for the People’s Choice Award.

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