Blake Art Prize tours Tasmania

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Each year painters from across the country put brush to canvas in order to create some truly memorable works of art for the Blake Prize.

The competition may be in its 60th year, it seems that none of the original enthusiasm that made this particular competition so unique has been lost.

Mixing a healthy blend of spirituality and themes that are important to contemporary audiences, the award encourages artists from all over Australia to explore the points where art and society intersect.

Named after the English poet and painter William Blake – whose ability to successfully integrate religion into his works – those who participate in the program are for the most part encouraged to take the same approach to their own work.

However, in the true spirit of William Blake it is also important to include as many different worldviews, belief systems and artistic styles as possible.

The works are also meant to act as a catalyst for public debate and encourage people to open dialogue about issues that may otherwise fail to enter everyday conversation.

For those who are keen to catch a glimpse of the nation's oldest national art prize dedicated to spirituality and cultural diversity, you can visit the touring exhibition at the Rosny Barn and Schoolhouse Gallery – which is across the bridge from the Hobart CBD.

You can easily take a bus or hire car to the exhibition and its easy proximity to the island state's capital means that you can also fit in a visit around other plans.

If you would like more information on the Blake Prize, check it out here. The exhibition will remain open until 17 June 2012.

blake art prize winner 2011 - now touring

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