Cancer Council Victoria is pleased to announce that as of 15th January, entries are officially open for its 2012 Arts Awards. Now in their 15th year, the Arts Awards provide all Australians touched by cancer with an opportunity to express their experience creatively through art, writing or film.
The awards are open to both amateur and professional artists and entries are accepted in the categories of:
- Visual Art
- Short Story
- Indigenous Art
- Youth and Children's Writing and Art
The theme for 2012 is ‘Strength' and experts including writer and storyteller, Arnold Zable and children's author, Tony Wilson, will judge entries. A range of works will be displayed via a touring exhibition with a grand opening on 29th July in Melbourne at 120 Collins Street. It will then travel throughout Victoria, including Melton, during September and October and at Burrinja Cultural Centre from 18th October - 18th November.
An outstanding entry from each category will also be awarded a cash prize - $250 allocated for exceptional entries in children's categories, $500 for the youth section and $1000 for adult categories.
Cancer Council Victoria spokesperson, Deb Stringer, says,
"Cancer presents an enormous physical and emotional challenge for all those affected including patients, family, friends and carers. Whether directly affected or supporting a loved one, many will draw on their inner strength to help them get through such a difficult time. We run our Arts Awards initiative as artistic and literary expression can often help people through their cancer journey, and we believe the awards provide valuable support".
This year, for the first time in the awards' 15 year history, Cancer Council Victoria will be offering creative therapy workshops across the state. Participation in these workshops can help patients and their families find strength through creative pursuits.
Creative therapy sessions will be held in Melbourne on 18th February at Cancer Council Victoria's Drummond Street premises, at Burrinja Cultural Centre on 17th March and in Melton (please see website for dates, locations and bookings).
Entries close on 27 April 2012. For further information or to enter, please visit www.artsawards.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.