TAP Gallery IWD Women’s Art Prize
The IWD Women’s Art Prize was established by Lesley Dimmick, Director of the TAP Gallery in Darlinghurst Sydney and WOB in 2010, to identify and assist emerging female artists to achieve recognition and success. It was a cash prize and is now in its 11th year.
The 2021 IWD Women’s Art Prize was won by April White for her work The Magpie, graphite and acrylic on board, 46 x 61cm.
I recently dropped in on the 2019 winner, Melinda Hayton, who has gone solo and has a thriving online digital presence via Instagram and other media. While her style has shifted over the years, it still has a female friendly focus:
‘I have always had a passion for portraiture, the female form and for interior paintings. My inspiration comes from incredible women throughout history. Shown in warm, colourful interiors, women relax in familiar, comfortable poses – shoes kicked off, piles of books, flowers … I hope you enjoy!’
Having moved to Brisbane in 2020, Melinda is now establishing herself locally. Her first Brisbane solo exhibition is titled ‘FOCUS ON WOMEN II’ and runs from 15 June – 17 July at the Tiny Tree Cafe, 420 Cavendish Road, Coorparoo. WOB members are welcome to attend the opening night with refreshments on Friday 25th June.
See more about Melinda here
‘Not as Green’ Exhibition 2021
In 2021 WOB supported the ‘Not as Green’ exhibition’ for emerging (now less green) artists in far north Queensland who paint and show their works together.
I will open the exhibition at Mission Beach Community Arts Centre on Friday, 6 August 2021 at 6:00pm.
Find out more here
If you have an interest in creative or performing arts and want to do more than lend financial support, why not lend your skills and experience to a role in this sector.