THE GREENWAY ART PRIZE
A notable event on the Inner West arts and culture calendar, the GreenWay Art Prize celebrates the qualities of the Cooks River to Iron Cove GreenWay–a precious 5.8km urban environmental and sustainable transport corridor in Sydney’s Inner West.
The GreenWay follows the route of the Inner West Light Rail and Hawthorne Canal and features bike paths and foreshore walks, cultural and historical sites, cafes, bushcare sites and a range of parks, playgrounds and sporting facilities.www.greenway.org.au.
The Art Prize was established in 2010 to capture the essence of the Greenway through visual art and to celebrate the vibrancy, creativity and community spirit of the Inner West.
This is a national prize, open to all artists submitting work within the terms of the prize.
The prize is judged and exhibited at Art Est. School and Gallery, Leichhardt, NSW.
This mural, commissioned by Inner West Council and created by artists Tim "Phibs" de Haan, Kevin James May and Joanne Cassady, pays respect to the history and heritage of Aboriginal people. This short film introduced by Mayor Darcy Byrne, is a behind the scenes look and window into an essential facet of the GreenWay story.
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Curator, Educator and Writer
Lizzy’s curatorial interests include site-responsiveness and the permeability of the museum walls and collections. Her exhibition making extends beyond traditional frameworks to encompass heritage buildings, object dense museums, a pristine rainforest, architecturally significant homes, interior and exterior of regional built environments, and most recently a former industrial site.
As acting Curator and Public Arts Officer at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Liverpool she managed the inaugural Turbine Hall Commission featuring Fiona Davies’ Blood on Silk: Last Seen and has held positions with The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin City Gallery – The Hugh Lane, The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, and Sculpture at Scenic World, Katoomba.
She has been commissioned to write for the Online Dictionary of Sydney, Architecture Ireland, Art & Australia and Artlink Magazine amongst others. As an independent curator she has consulted for Macquarie University Art Gallery and The National Trust – NSW.
Gary has an extensive exhibiting career, and has received numerous awards and commissions for site specific projects and private and public artworks. His practice encompasses sculpture, installation, photography, video and site-specific intervention. Working predominantly in public/ shared space, he is widely recognised for his thought provoking and socially concerned artworks; often challenging audiences with their scale and immersive qualities.
Gary graduated with Honours in 1990 from University of NSW as an Aeronautical Engineer, becoming immediately engaged in Defence R&D. He later established private practice in Industrial Design, and was Lecturer in the subject at Western Sydney University from 1996 to 2001. Majoring in Sculpture at the National Art School, Gary graduated in 2006 with a Master of Fine Art. Since 2012 he has been a Sessional Lecturer at the School.
He is the author/photographer of Sydney Sandstone (Craftsman House, 2002), containing essay contributions from collaborators, including Tim Flannery, Phillip Cox and Shirley Fitzgerald.
Catarina Fraga Matos
Communication Projects Officer, Cooks River Alliance
With a background in journalism, Catarina has a passion for telling stories promoting environmental sustainability. Helping to create good news is what she loves most. She applies an assets-based approach to her work at the Cooks River Alliance focusing on the many joys and strengths of the river through various communications and community engagement projects.
Catarina created the Cooks River Changemakers Course which supports the development of new community-led activities to enjoy along the river. Working under the direction of the the Alliance Aboriginal Working Group, Catarina established the now annual Wurridjal Festival (mullet festival) which reminds us that for tens of thousands of years the river was healthy and a source of food for Aboriginal people.
Prior to her role at the Cooks River Alliance, Catarina worked on the feature documentary BLUE which explores the impacts of human activity on the world’s oceans.
By the river or by the sea, Catarina loves being by the water. She’s quick to remind anyone who will listen that every second breath comes from our oceans, and every river is connected to the sea.
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Tara is an independent curator and cultural producer.
From 2006 to 2018, she was the Creative Director of Sculpture in the Vineyards, a longstanding outdoor sculpture exhibition and cultural event in the Hunter Valley. As the Director of dLux MediaArts from 2009 to 2017, she designed and delivered an annual program of exhibitions and socially engaged art and technology programs for young people.
In 2017 she founded ARTeConnect – a network of artists, educators and social entrepreneurs working creatively with technology to produce innovative educational programs and unique art events and experiences.
The Greenway Art Prize is one of many projects on Tara's horizon and by far the most enjoyable.
Contact Tara if you have any queries.
Art Est. Director
Jennifer is the Founder and Director of Art Est. Art School and Gallery, established 2008.
Art Est. has four teaching studios and an art gallery, and has just expanded to open a new, dedicated ceramics studio. Art Est. delivers classes taught by practicing artists and educators in a range of media for adults and children.
Located in an inspiring warehouse adjacent to the GreenWay in Lords Road Leichhardt, Art Est has been the host venue for the GreenWay Art Prize since its inception in 2009.
Jennifer holds a BA from Canberra University. Her background in museum public programs, arts festivals and event marketing in Sydney, Japan and London, this combined with her passion for the visual arts, brings an added dimension to Art Est. activities.
Public Art and Placemaking Leader, Innerwest Council
Bronwyn is a practising artist and artsworker who lives and works in the inner west. For the past eleven years she has worked at Inner West Council, contributing to the range of programs designed to support artists, develop audiences for the arts, and encourage arts participation.
Bronwyn studied sculpture at the National Art School in Sydney, completed a Masters in Art as Environment at the Manchester Metropolitan University, and a Masters in Art Therapy at the University of Western Sydney. She is currently preparing for an exhibition at her Petersham studio, and old pool hall, called the End of Days.