Broken Hill artist Verity Nunan wins Pro Hart outback art prize
Broken Hill artist Verity Nunan has taken out the top prize of the prestigious Pro Hart Outback Art Prize with her first entry in the competition.
Nunan’s piece, An Akubra Story, was awarded first place against more than 300 other entries from artists and painters from around Australia.
She was announced as the winner at the Broken Hill City Gallery on September 30.
She said the charcoal painting, containing mulga and red gum wood, was inspired by a story from a close friend.
Shock and disbelief
Nunan said she was in “utter shock” when her name was called out as the winner of the coveted art prize.
“I did this funny thing, I just started pacing around, I was just full panic walking,” she said.
“I just didn’t know what to do and then I just kind of caught myself and though ‘OK I just need to stand still’.
“I am just so incredibly grateful because I guess I really believe in all the work that was presented there and I feel really fortunate to have come away with it.”
The painting will now be featured as part of the permanent collection at the Pro Hart Gallery in Broken Hill.
Red hot art scene
Nunan said she was amazed at the talent on display at the gallery on awards night.
It was the first time in the prizes’ history the top two places were taken out by locals after Jim Paterson claimed second place.
Paterson’s work Broken Hill was a painting of the far west town.
Nunan said the results were a testament to the talent in the far west art scene.
“I think its just a reflection of the art scene at the moment, its really got it going on, there’s a real vibe,” she said.
Broken Hill City Art Gallery hosted the awards night, which manager Blake Griffiths said was a fantastic night for local artists.
“It was a huge success, we had a great turnout from the local art community and a ripper of a night celebrating some local artists, so we’re really happy with how it went,” he said.
Mr Griffiths said the Pro Hart award always brought forward some of the most creative pieces.
“We don’t limit the medium, so people enter anything from installations, photography, film through to traditional media like paintings, drawings,” he said.
“Each year it kind of never ceases to amaze you the diversity of artists working out there in different medias.”