Artists of the Valley & Gorman's Art Gallery – Casterton

Group of Artists from Casterton, country Victoria, and further afield in Australia

The Clarice Beckett Art Award 2018

The Award

Each year, the Award draws some amazing entries, but the 2018 exhibition was exceptional in variety of subject matter, technique and quality of work.  No one envied our judge, Ron Penrose, well-known artist from Harrow, the task of choosing only two entries for the prizes on offer.  This year saw a change in the prizes, giving artists the opportunity to be rewarded as the Overall Winner and the Glad Laslett Patron’s Award (of $300, not $200 as was mistakenly stated on the entry form – apologies for that!)

The 2018 Winners

The Overall Winner of the Award this year was Jenn White for her reduction woodcut “When Sweet Women Died”, and the winner of the Glad Laslett Patron’s Award was Rebecca Hill for her mixed media entry, “Cow No. 4”.

"When Sweet Women Died" by Jenn White

“When Sweet Women Died” by Jenn White


“Cow No. 4” by Rebecca Hill

The People’s Choice Award was won by Meagan Lonsdale for her “Fluffy Parliament” done in gouache, watercolour and ink.

"Fluffy Parliament" by Meagan Lonsdale

“Fluffy Parliament” by Meagan Lonsdale


The Awards Presentation and Opening

The Friday night opening of the 2018 Clarice Beckett Art Award saw a full house at Gorman’s Art Gallery, with everyone enjoying the art, atmosphere and conversation.  The exhibition continued over the Saturday and Sunday, when an influx of humans and their doggies filled the town of Casterton during the annual Kelpie Muster.




Sunday, visitors to the exhibition were treated to musical entertainment by youngsters, students of Robyn Rhodes’ Music School.  The talented young musicians and singers, students at Casterton Secondary College, were a delight!

A heartfelt thanks go to our kind sponsors for the Award and Event:

  • Glad Laslett, Patron of the arts
  • Gorman’s Real Estate, Casterton
  • The Coleraine & District Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank
  • Lucy’s Artist Cottage, Casterton, Bed and Breakfast Accommodation
  • Casterton Farm Supplies, Casterton
  • Helen Gorman, Casterton
  • Robyn Rhodes’ Music School, Casterton

And sincere thanks to Sports and All, Casterton for engraving and trophies, and the Casterton News for promotion and support with the event, and throughout the year.

This annual event would not be possible without artists, sponsors, supporters and volunteers.  A huge thank you to all!


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