Travelling Blake Tour

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Travelling Blake Tour

One of Australia's longest standing art prizes the Blake Prize reflects the contemporary changes in society, church reforms, education, Religion and Spirituality in Australia. 

This Prize has been offered for the past 60 years. Its success is attested in its longevity and influence. Through the controversies, scandals, personalities and incredible artworks over the years the story of the Blake Prize has much to say about Australian social history and the changing attitudes to both art and religion.

Even our terminology has altered mirroring our changing attitudes as Australians prefer ‘spirituality’ to ’religion’. The journey is exemplified in the contrast between the first work in 1951 – a very Catholic theme of the Virgin Enthroned, a triptych painted by Justin O’Brien – and the 2011 winner which was a video installation of a Sufi prayer meeting in suburban Sydney by Khaled Sabsabi.

We owe a great debt to all the champions of the Blake Prize.

Come and see the Travelling Blake for yourself!

Tasmanians have been fortunate in recent years to be able to view the Travelling Blake,
a representative selection from the Sydney Exhibition. This year the 2011 Show will be 12
May to 17 June, 2012. Entry is free!

Sunday 20 May, 2pm
Artist’s forum – Art and Spirituality

Panel: Kaye Green (exhibitor 2011), Janelle Mendham (exhibitor 2012), Helen Quilty, Maz Gill-Harper and others.

Tuesday 22 May, 10am - 1pm
Bus tour – Richmond Riches, Jerusalem Gems and Blake Beauties

Rosny Barn, St. John Church Richmond, St Patrick’s Church Colebrook. Cost $3 incl lunch.

Sunday 27 May, 2pm
Floor talk – Blake and His Mysticism 

Speaker Helen Quilty

Bookings ph (03) 6245 8740 or
Displays of religious art to be held in various southern churches – details to be advised.