Friday, February 10th, 2017
64th Blake Prize Touring Exhibition
Liam Benson and Shoufay Derz

Shoufay Derz and Liam Benson are currently exhibiting as part of the 64th Blake Prize Touring Exhibition at Delmar Gallery.

One of Australia’s longest-running and prestigious art prizes, the Blake Prize returns to Delmar Gallery as part of its 2017 national tour.  Now a biennial event, the Blake Prize continues to stimulate contemporary artists to engage in important conversations concerning faith, spirituality, religion, hope, humanity, social justice, belief and non-belief.

First staged in 1951, The Prize is named after the legendary British artist and poet William Blake (1757-1827) whose broad range of artistic and poetic innovations, visionary imagination and radical politics made him an outsider in his day.

Never shy of controversy, the Blake Prize has always invited an open, personal and idiosyncratic response to questions of religion and spirituality, so much so that it has earned the criticism, ire and sometimes applause of critics and the public alike.

The touring component of the Blake Prize includes 25 works selected from the finalists’ exhibition by: Cigdem Aydemir, David Asher Brook, Zanny Begg, Adnan Begic, Liam Benson, Angela Casey, Valerio Ciccone, Darron Davies, Tamara Dean, Shoufay Derz, Robert Hague (winner of the 64th Blake Established Artist Residency Prize) , Abdullah M I Syed, Muhammad Iyhab, Shannon Johnson, Alan Jones, Tom Lawford, Matthew McVeigh & Ida Bagus, Rekah Bakurha, Reg Mombassa, William (Bill) Moseley & Joanna Logue, Damien Shen (winner of the 64th Blake Emerging Artist), Sally Simpson, Sarah Spackman, Angela Tiatia, Brenda Walsh and Zan Wimberley.

The exhibition can be seen at Delmar Gallery until 26 February, 2017.

Someone digging in the ground, red, 2015, Pigment print on cotton paper, custom frame stained eucalyptus and rust, 99 x 92cm unframed / 110.4 x 103.4cm framed, Edition of 5 + 2AP

Shoufay Derz, Someone digging in the ground, red, 2015.