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Waterhouse art prize
returns to inspire
Manager, Temporary and Travelling Exhibitions Tim Gilchrist in Canberra
for the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize display. Picture: Elesa Lee
THE best of the best from entrants in
The Waterhouse Natural History Art
Prize will once again be on display at
the National Archives of Australia.
The ever-popular Waterhouse Natu-
ral History Art Prize is on loan from
the South Australian Museum and
Canberra is the only city outside of
South Australia lucky enough to
display the works.
The prize is named after Frederick
George Waterhouse, an eminent
zoologist at the British Museum who
later became the first curator of the
South Australian Museum.
Temporary and Travelling Exhibi-
tions manager Tim Gilchrist said it was
Australia's richest prize for natural
history art, boasting a total prize pool
of $114,500 and celebrated the beauty
and fragility of nature through
''The theme is natural his-
tory so anything relating to
natural,'' he said.
''It is an effort by South
Australian Museum to connect
the arts and sciences.''
The Waterhouse Natural
History Art Prize has been
running for almost a decade
and the winners have been
shown in Canberra now for
''We're coming up to 10
years next year,'' Mr Gilchrist
''It's a reasonable player in
the field; it's up to $114,500 in
The National Archives of
Australia is the only venue
outside Adelaide to host the
top entries and this year will
showcase 34 winning and
highly commended artworks
from the competition.
''This year we got 817
entries,'' Mr Gilchrist said.
''We hope to have 10,000
(visitors) in Canberra.''
This year's artworks include paint-
ings, sculpture and objects, and works
on paper. Mr Gilchrist said sculptures
were a highlight this year, including
the winning artwork, Scintilla series
Spiralling weed, soft sponge, sea
urchin vessels 2010 by Julie Blyfield
from South Australia.
''The overall winner by Julie
Blyfield is just an exceptional piece of
silverwork,'' Mr Gilchrist said.
The winning piece is a delicate
representation of patterns found in
coastal flora and fauna of Kangaroo
Island, made in pure silver.
Mr Gilchrist said for regular visitors
to the Waterhouse Natural History Art
Prize exhibition, each year showcased
something new and this year was no
''Each year we have different judges
and obviously a different field of
entries,'' he said.
''I'm sure visitors will be pleased
with this year's results.''
Mr Gilchrist confirmed the exhi-
bition would return to Canberra next
''The partnership with the archives
is one we've forged and we're proud
of,'' he said.
''We wanted to have a presence in
the nation's capital.
''It's a fit that works for both of us
and it gives them a great opportunity to
profile something different in their
The Waterhouse Natural History Art
Prize will be on show at the National
Archives until November 13.
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