As part of Port Kembla Port Corporation's ongoing commitment to supporting the local community, Friday 17th October saw Chairman Nick Whitlam present the inaugural "Artinport" Art Acquisition Prize.
Established in 2007, "Artinport" gallery space was opened in Port Kembla to allow emerging artists to show their work in a professional space.
In celebration of the first anniversary of the opening of the gallery, PKPC provided support to the value of $3,500 to sponsor the creation of an artistic record of the changes that are currently taking place in Port Kembla harbour.
The theme for this exhibition was "Port Kembla - The changing face of your port". With the Port of Port Kembla rapidly growing to cater for a diverse range of new cargoes, the major development is attracting more ships, generating more jobs and providing more opportunities for local business. As this change occurs the port continues to celebrate its heritage, protect the environment and connect with the local community.
The competition attracted 39 entries and included a vast combination of media including painting, drawing, mixed media, photography and sculpture.
First prize went to local artist Sue Dale for her artwork "Outer11", depicting an aerial perspective of the Outer Harbour. Ms Dale commented that "this work was about painting with memory. Age has allowed me to see the beauty in the Port, portraying the movement of both the future and the past". "I wanted this painting to be about that movement?memories of the past, the depth of place and new excitement, quicks marks of colour to portray freshness, the new Port".
This sponsorship is part of the Port Corporation's program of community partnerships and initiatives supporting a range of local organisations including environmental, cultural and sporting groups.