Cancer Council Victoria is inviting all Australians who have been touched by cancer to share their experiences creatively by entering the internationally recognised Cancer Council Victoria Arts Awards 2010.
Arts Awards was recently selected as the 2009 winner of the Visual Arts and Exhibitions Award category of The Ability Media International Awards for its creative excellence and social relevance.
Cancer Council Victoria spokesperson, Irene Manitta, said Arts Awards is an opportunity for both professional and budding artists affected by cancer to: remember loved ones lost, help others understand the cancer experience and provide a sense of hope for others touched by the disease.
“With one Australian diagnosed with cancer every five minutes, we all know someone whose life has been turned upside down by cancer,” Ms Manitta said.
“We know that artistic and literary expression can help many deal with the pain and trauma of cancer and can also assist people through their cancer journey.
“Arts Awards also offers an opportunity for people who have experienced cancer to connect with others who truly understand,” she said.
Previous Arts Awards Outstanding Entrant, Voula Adamopoulos, took part in the event after losing her father to prostate cancer.
“Participating in Arts Awards helped me to process the feelings of loss for my father, something I wasn’t able to share with my closest friends. It enabled me to reconnect with that difficult time which I felt I needed to do to cope with the pain,” Ms Adamopaulos said.
This year’s theme is ‘Lost and Found’ and entries are open to all Australians who have experienced cancer, either directly or indirectly. Judged by high profile experts including Tony Wilson, Eleana Taylor and Arnold Zable, the categories are Visual Art, Short Story, Film, Poetry, Indigenous Art, and Youth and Children’s Writing and Art.
In addition to cash prizes for Outstanding Entries, a diverse range of works will be displayed in a touring exhibition that begins in Melbourne and travels throughout regional Victoria.
Entries close on Wednesday 7 April 2010. For more information, visit www.artsawards.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.