Powerhouse Gallery art prize showcases student talent

MIXED MEDIUMS: Powerhouse Gallery co-director Michelle Smith says gallery's annual prize helped expose students to different techniques. Picture: Paul Scambler
MIXED MEDIUMS: Powerhouse Gallery co-director Michelle Smith says gallery's annual prize helped expose students to different techniques. Picture: Paul Scambler

Exhibiting artworks can be a unnerving experience for new artists, but Powerhouse Gallery co-director Michelle Smith says the rewards are worth it.

Smith and co-director John Marthick have been overseeing the gallery’s annual $500 art prize, which is open to University of Tasmania students.

Preparing art for an art prize was “quite confronting” for many emerging artists, but Smith said it was a fulfilling feeling to see their work exhibited amongst their peers.

It also provided artists with the opportunity to socialise with artists using different mediums, expanding their networks, opening up collaborations and ideas, she said.

“It’s important way for young emerging artists to engage with the arts community and showcase what the uni has to offer.”

Marthick said three judges examined the different works as part of the art prize

“It’s an opportunity for students to sell their work and showcased the process of putting an entry into an art award,” he said.

The Powerhouse Gallery, above Blue Cafe at the UTAS Inveresk campus, will be open between 10am and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, before the exhibition is taken down at the end of the week.