from 'The Cootamundra Herald' 22.2.03
An auspicious beginning to a new drawing event is how Mr Hendrik Kolenberg
described the inaugural staging of the Blackfriars Trust Acquisitive
Mr Kolenberg, Senior Curator for drawing, prints and watercolour at
the Art Gallery of NSW, said he was impressed by the quality of the
37 entries in the Blackfriars Trust acquisitive award, expressing
his difficulty as judge of the event in selecting works for acquisition.
Artists from across the country submitted works for the inaugural
award, which is part of the Coolac Festival of Fun and is currently
being shown at the White Ibis.
Mr Kolenberg selected four works for the trust, with acquisitions
The entries acquired by the trust are : Denis Clarke's "St Peter's,
Factory Wall - Study II"; Susanna Chen Chow's "By the Water";
Peter Griffen's "Above Thredbo"; and Sue McDonald's "Landscape
with yellow ochre".
Two other works were highly commended: Alan McClure's "Better
Than Watching TV" and Jude Fleming's "Metropolis Walk".
Mr Kolenberg said he was pleased to come to Cootamundra for the first
time to judge this drawing award and was delighted to walk into the
White Ibis and see the huge variety of works awaiting him.
Stating his pleasure that the trustees of the award had avoided prizes
and opted for acquiring artworks, Mr Kolenberg said they now have
the responsibility of caring for the works acquired and have the basis
to form a wonderful collection.
Thanking the trustees, Mr Kolenberg wished them all the best for future
exhibits, telling those gathered at the exhibition on Saturday afternoon
that he hopes there are three times as many entries next year and
the task of selection the acquisitions is three times as hard for
the next judge.
Coolac Festival of Fun director Peter Batey also paid tribute to the
Blackfriars Trust committee for starting such an enterprising drawing
"It is fantastic to see this standard of drawings exhibited in
the region," he said.
"It is great to see the trust doing this and I hope it inspires
others to enter into the same sort of patronage whether it is in the
visual arts, music or in young people's artistic endeavours."
Exhibition curator Graham Cossey explained the aim of the award is
to promote excellence and innovation in Australian works on paper.
Mr Cossey thanked all those involved in getting this acquisitive award
up and running, including Hendrik and Julianna Kolenberg for travelling
from Sydney to assess the works for purchase, Neil Overton and Fred
and Brenda Goldsworthy for their input and Anne Van Dyck for cataloguing
the works entered.
Mr Cossey went on to thank Eva and Kevin Moriarty from the White Ibis
for providing the terrific space to hang the exhibition and also Peter
Batey for allowing the Blackfriars Trust award to become part of the
Coolac Festival, a festival that is known Australia-wide.
The Blackfriars Trust Drawing Acquisitive award exhibition will continue
at the White Ibis until March 9.