Newcastle Society of Artists Prize
Port Waratah has long been a supporter of the arts and cultural scene in Newcastle. This includes supporting Watt Space Student Art Prize, the 2hrs North Photography Project and Newcastle Community Arts Centre.
A vibrant arts scene is an important part of any community expressing and documenting the different landmarks, cultures, opinions and events within that community.
The Society of Artists Newcastle Inc. recently held their annual Newcastle Art Prize. 280 paintings were entered in this year’s exhibition. Port Waratah came on board this year and sponsored the Acquisitive Painting – Marine/Industrial Award.
This category is limited to any industrial site, or maritime subject, such as vessels, ports and seafaring in any form and any medium. Maritime is specific and does not include marine subjects such as the ocean, fish, mammals, etc.
The winner of Port Waratah sponsored Maritime/Industrial category was Kay McFarlane-Smith with her beautiful piece ‘Letting Off Steam at Kooragang’.
Kay provides a little background to this painting. “Recently I was driving into Newcastle, very early one very cold morning thinking about a portrait for that day and was literally stopped in my tracks at the Stockton Bridge by the sight of the steam hitting the cold air. I drove down the river and captured what I could with a camera and sketch pad. It was a scene that just had to be painted”.