Local artists are urged to start creating, with entries for the City of Gosnells Community Art Exhibition and Awards now open.

Showcasing art and artists from local suburbs and further afield, the annual competition and exhibition has a total prize pool of $10,000, including a $5,000 acquisitive overall prize and a new category this year, for the Aboriginal Artist Award.

Mayor Terresa Lynes said professional and aspiring artists had until 4pm on Wednesday 26 April to submit their entries, with winners to be announced on Friday 19 May.

“The Community Art Exhibition and Awards celebrates the depth of talent among local artists and the breadth of work they produce,” she said.

“It is always a fascinating insight into our community through the eyes of artists, covering a wide range of subjects and media. It also provides local artists with a valuable opportunity to show, and possibly sell, their work.”

In additional to the $5,000 acquisitive prize for the overall award winner, there are 10 categories offered, with a $500 prize offered for each, including

• Acrylic

• Pastel, Pencil, Pen and Watercolour

• Oil

• Photography and Digital Media

• Mixed Media and Three-Dimensional Sculpture

• Youth Award (12 – 17 years)

• The City in Focus Award

• Centuria People’s Choice Award

• Local Artist Award

• Aboriginal Artist Award

All prize categories, except the Centuria People’s Choice Award, will be judged by the City of Gosnells Public Art Committee with guidance from a professional art valuer.

Visitors to the exhibition will vote for their favourite artwork and the artwork that receives the most votes will receive the People’s Choice Award, which is sponsored by Centuria.

The exhibition will take place at the Lyal Richardson Hall in Gosnells from Saturday 20 May to Sunday 28 May.

Visit gosnells.wa.gov.au for details and to submit your entry.