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Pro Hart Prize goes to local artists

Local artists Verity Nunan and Jim Paterson are this year’s recipients of the first and second prizes in the prestigious Pro Hart Outback Art prize.

The presentation was held at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery on Friday night with around 200 guests and local artists attending.

Blake Griffiths, Broken Hill Gallery and Museum Manager, said it was a great turnout for the night, and a great celebration.

“For us to see an opening night with 200 people is fantastic, particularly when it was such a busy night for the arts in Broken Hill.

“We are really proud that both first and second prizes were Broken Hill-based artists and the gallery couldn’t be more happy that the money goes back into a studio in town.

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“Verity is an emerging artist, and the economics of the prize are going to go a long way in supporting her career and I think that is a really great opportunity that the gallery has been able to support, financially, someone who’s completely dedicated not only to the place, but also her practice.

“She is not only supporting herself in her studio practice, but also completing her PHD in the region.

“As an advocate for being able to complete such an enormous task as her PHD and also live in this region is something worth celebrating, but also modelling for other young academics in the town,” Mr Griffiths said.

Verity’s work titled An ‘Akubra’ Story, 2022 is described as follows.

“This is a story of an Akubra, that was once said
to have superpowers,
from sun to symbol,
from town to Country,
and the tracks in between.”
– from a yarn around the kitchen table

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