01/04/2014

BigCi 2014 Environmental Award Winners Announced

BigCi received 22 submissions that came from Australia and around the world: Indonesia, China, Sweden, Finland, Thailand, UK, Mauritius, Germany, USA. Due to the extremely high quality of the submissions, we have decided to give not one but two Awards this year. The independent panel of judges consisting of Tia McIntyre, Curator, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery and Michael Keats, Author and Explorer selected the following Winners: Andy Webster from the UK and Han Qing from China. Both artists are coming to BigCi later this year to undertake their residencies. Here is what the judges had to say about the Winners:

“Andy Webster’s works combine playful expression with well-researched scientific data. He is able to transform ideas through art, communicating strong messages and complex concepts in a simple way. His work is multi-layered, engaging and has an immediacy about it. We are hoping his stay in the Blue Mountains will result in a work of art that can immediately engage with the audience, whilst at the same time having strong environmental messages in it.”

“Han Qing’s work has a very strong research foundation. With his work, he wants to connect to the core of the tension between the minerals extracting industry in Australia and the manufacturing industry in China, and then in turn to their effect on the people in both countries. We are very interested to see what metaphors he will use to communicate these messages and what effect will the national park environment around BigCi have on his eventual body of work." 

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