Blake finalists

Blake finalists

After attracting 1,126 entries this year, the Blake Society has announced 53 finalists for The Blake Prize.

Included are a number of leading contemporary practitioners and exciting emerging artists, a record number of 33 female artists and a notable number of the works featuring less traditional religious messaging.

“We challenge artists to explore the relationship between art, religion and spirituality. The Blake is one of the most open ended and diverse prizes in Australia and this year’s entries are evidence of that,” said the Rev. Dr Rod Pattenden, Chairperson for the Blake Society.

“In the Blake we see artists trying to uncover the spark of insight, illumination and shock that gives rise to religious feelings. This year the selection thrives on diverse ideas that range from the nature of mysticism to the hard realities of everyday life.”

Contributing to the increased diversity of the prize, the finalists have used a variety of mediums from traditional oil, to ink on paper, ceramic, photography and digital media, and the 53 selected finalists come from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds.

The 2012 award winners will be announced on November 8 2012. The exhibition will open from November 9 at the S. H. Ervin Gallery, Observatory Hill, Sydney.

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