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The Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery Art Writing Prize is a biennial award for visual art writing in Western Australia. The prize is open to all, including UWA students, Westerly subscribers and the wider community.
It is intended to encourage creative and scholarly responses by emerging writers to exhibitions and art exhibited at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, including works from the Berndt Museum, the UWA Art Collection and the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art. This year's winning essays – submitted in November 2019 – were announced in March 2020.
The Art Writing Prize is a collaboration between Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Westerly and UWA Publishing. The 2019 winning essays were announced during the Cultural Club Art Party at LWAG on 10 March 2020 and gifted publications from UWA Publishing. The first place prize winner received $1,000 and their essay will be published in a forthcoming issue of Westerly magazine.
Submissions needed to be at a maximum of 1500 words and were judged by the following criteria: originality of ideas; quality of writing; engagement with the artworks/exhibitions; and ability to engage the reader. The 2019 Judging Panel consisted of: Westerly Editor, Dr Catherine Noske; UWA Publishing Director, Terri-ann White; and LWAG Curator of Academic and Public Programs, Dr Janice Lally.