May 13, 2016

Clyde & Co Perth Art Award winner 2016 announced

Global law firm Clyde & Co has awarded its 2016 Perth Art Award to Mitchell Davies, for his installation, Artificium.

"When we began three years ago we exhibited three artists' here in Perth. This year, we are delighted to be exhibiting 15 emerging artists' work, and a total of 30 artists' when including our Sydney office."

The Clyde & Co Australian Art Awards are part of the firm's global community art project which aims to foster the talent of graduating art students and ease their transition from art school into the commercial art world. The project provides students with the opportunity to showcase and sell their selected works, as well as ongoing pro bono legal advice from Clyde & Co lawyers relating to their professional lives.

This year 15 artists ranging in ages from 20 to 55 years were selected to exhibit artworks in the firm's Perth office. A committee of 11 partners and staff then decided on the winner.

20-year-old Mitchell's winning artwork is an installation of more than 100 'leaves' made of plastic affixed to the wall in one of the firm's meeting rooms.  

Mitchell said of his participation in the Art Award: "Emerging artist face challenges such as lack of gallery and public interest. Similarly we have to position to move public thinking away from the idea that unless it's not a pretty painting or drawing, it's not art. For this reason, and others, I am so honoured to have my work on display at Clyde & Co and it makes me so happy to have received such positive feedback."

 The Clyde & Co Perth Art Award also includes a Staff Choice Award, which this year went to 20-year-old Caitlyn Warner, for her photographic artworks.

"I'm very passionate about nature and landscape photography," said Caitlyn, "both of these aspects of photography can be hard to capture beautifully, as they rely on time and can involve a lot of waiting and patience to create the perfect shot.

"Having my work exhibited has given me a large boost in confidence and has helped put into perspective what I'm capable of and what I can achieve personally," Caitlyn added.

This year's exhibition also included works from final-year undergraduate students at the North Metropolitan TAFE (formerly Central Institute of Technology), Curtin University and Edith Cowan University.

"I'd like to thank those art colleges for their participation in the project," said partner Beth Cubitt who chairs the Clyde & Community Art Committee in Perth.

Mitchell's and Caitlyn's works along with the other participants will continue to be exhibited in the Perth office until January 2017. Later in the year the firm facilitates a silent auction of the year's collection. The artists receive the full value of the successful bids and a payment for having their artworks on display in the office. Both Mitchell and Caitlyn will also receive additional cash prizes.

The Clyde & Co Sydney Art Award took place in February this year. Details of the winners can be accessed here.

Photo: Mitchell Davies and Clyde & Co Partners Beth Cubitt and Jenny Thornton (Left and right)