For 25 years, The Mandorla Art Award has been operating in Perth WA as a unique invitation to artists from all backgrounds to submit their works which are inspired by biblical scripture. Over time, this National Christian Art Award has grown to include submissions by some of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary artists, including Brian McKay, John Coburn and Anh Do.
This award is held every two yearsand the significant prize money donated by major sponsor, St John of God Health Care, attracts leading contemporary artists from all over Australia to create a variety of inspired works of art, from canvases and digital prints to crafted sculptures. As this award is the only one of its kind in Australia, this is an incredible chance to view the creative collection of artworks that is inspired by the scriptural verse of Micah 6:8:
“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?”
This carefully selected verse from Micah 6:8 is taken from the Old Testament of the Bible and relays the idea of what it means to be a good human being in that they are fair to all (just), kind and humble. It is an apt call to everyone to consider what it means to act as a good human being in such an uncertain world and to embrace others in neighbourly love.
This year’s exhibition will be held at the STALA Contemporary gallery in West Perth and is open to the public from Saturday 16 May to Saturday 6 of June. STALA Contemporary is a new gallery space which occupies the trendy up-and-coming arts hub affectionately known as the ‘Pickle District’, which is also home to some well-known creative venues which call this area home, including the Janet Holmes a Court Art Collection, the Linton and Kay Gallery and the Cleaver Street Collective.
What’s more, this remarkable exhibition is free to visit, and all members of the public are welcome to spend time at the gallery and see the unique way artists from all over the country have brought their own personal understanding to this scriptural verse. Gallery opening times are from Wednesday – Saturday, 10.00am – 4.00pm.
Artists will be in attendance Saturday afternoon 16 May from 2.00pm to provide insight into the process of their craft and final product.
Following the finalists’ exhibition, selected works will be chosen to tour to New Norcia Museum and Art Gallery and St John of God Healthcare.
Whether you are an admirer of art, a seasoned art collector or simply one of those in the market for biblically inspired works of art, you will be pleased to know that these one-of-a-kind artworks will be available for sale.
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