There is a host of awards on offer in this year’s CPM National Print Awards at the Tweed River Art Gallery at South Murwillumbah.

The 13th CPM National Print Awards coincides with the 20th anniversary of Community Printmakers Murwillumbah (CPM), which began in a former garage on the outskirts of Murwillumbah.

The 2009 Awards Judge is Basil Hall – a master printer, former lecturer and director of Northern Editions at Charles Darwin University – who has the difficult task of selecting winners of several awards.

These include the Tweed Shire Council ($5000 acquisitive award), Friends of the Tweed River Art Gallery ($1000 acquisitive award), Tony Abernethy Memorial Award for the most outstanding work todraw on the theme of the Human Condition ($600 acquisitive award), the Les J Pulman Humour in Art Award ($500 non-acquisitive), Barbara Carroll Award for Socio/Political Comment ($400 nonacquisitive) and the Nortec Young Artist Award ($500 non-acquisitive).

The official opening of the exhibition by Basil Hall and announcement of the winners will be on Saturday 16 May at 5.30pm.

Other events on Saturday 16 May include:

  • 11am – Print Council of Australia annual general meeting
  • 3pm-3.45pm – Biennial Address: Poet, humourist and environmentalist, Mark O’Connor, talks on “Life, art and … well… not quite everything”. The poet has an essential place in all cultures to look beneath the surface in order to throw light on everyday affairs. Mark o’ Connor does this with humour and passion.
  • 4.30-5.30pm – Site and Sound: Kellie O’Dempsey – performance drawing in response to live acoustic music.

Two other exhibitions will open on Saturday 16 May: Dry Rain – Hobie Porter and The ‘Spectacle’ of performance drawing – Kellie O’Dempsey.

Gallery Director Susi Muddiman said Dry Rain presents a dramatic yet intimate glimpse into celebrated local artist Hobie Porter’s creative and environmental concerns.

“These new paintings simultaneously depict expansive panoramas of the Tweed caldera and surrounding ranges and the minute elements he finds within it,” Ms Muddiman said.

Unlike the majority of artists who work inside the security of a closed studio, Kellie O’Dempsey works in public.

This exhibition will include artefacts from previous performances as well as site-specific works on paper and canvas created during the exhibition period.

“The work will evolve over three weeks, responding to musicians, gallery visitors and the inspiring views of Mt Warning (Wollumbin) and the Tweed Valley,” Ms Muddiman said.