Janne Kearney wins Queensland’s biggest small-scale art prize, taking home $20000

Posted 9 July 2020

Janne Kearney wins Queensland’s biggest small-scale art prize, taking home $20,000

Local but internationally accomplished artist, Janne Kearney wins Queensland’s biggest small-scale art prize, taking home $20000.

Queensland’s Lethbridge Gallery presents the Lethbridge Small Scale Art Award annually, it’s Australia’s largest small-scale art award. This art competition has established a national and international reputation for exhibiting works demonstrating exceptional detail, skill, originality and creativity, with $20 000 awarded to the winner.  Entrants were invited to submit 2D artworks up to 61cm (24 inches) in height or width.

Kearney took out 1st prize from over 700 national and international entries.

Her painting depicts fear, powerlessness, withdrawal and secrecy. Boxed into a world of subjection where girls were taught to respect their elders, to be seen and not heard, and not to question adults. The displacement of the canvas symbolises the disjointed effect abuse can have on the lives of those exposed to it, the dark hole created in the centre of the work conjures up thoughts of a voyeuristic peep hole, but rather than an unsuspecting victim, there is a child’s toy, a boxing girl figurine symbolising power strength and the ability to fight back.

 ‘The ‘Time’s up’ and ‘Me too’ movement has gained much traction, it’s important to keep the message alive in order to create real change in some men’s attitudes towards women.
We must empower young girls and vulnerable people to speak up and say, ‘Time’s up!’… it’s time to come out of our hiding holes and fight back, it’s time to be strong, it’s time to be bright and bold, it’s time for cultural change! You are not alone. There is strength in declaring ‘Time’s up!’ – Janne Kearney.

For further details call or email Janne:

P: 0407 809 66

E: jannek22@gmail.com

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