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Opening the door for SA artists

Opening the door for SA artists
Published 21 December 2016
Local artists can share their artistic talents as part of the Playford Palace Adelaide Fringe event.

Local artists can share their artistic talents as part of the Playford Palace Adelaide Fringe event. ^ Scott Rathman will be an artists in residence at the Playford Palace. The Playford Palace team is on the hunt for South Australian artists to get involved and create works to be displayed in its Lion and the Unicorn exhibition during the Adelaide Fringe from Friday 24 February. And for some incentive there are cash prizes of up to $5,000 and the opportunity to drive around in a free Holden loan car for two weeks to sweeten the deal. The Royal REVolution art competition aims to shift the perception on contemporary art, taking these pieces back in time to life in the Playford Palace. All artists have to do is transform old car doors (supplied by the City of Playford) into eye-catching, jawdropping pieces of work, whatever medium the artist picks. City of Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty encouraged artists from across the northern suburbs and South Australia to get involved and showcase their work in a very unique way. “I know we have so many truly talented artists in Playford and here is the opportunity for their work to be recognised in their own community,” Mayor Docherty said. “The innovative exhibition will showcase our City’s proud automotive history, leaving a legacy as our community transitions and embraces its future.” South Australian Aboriginal Artist, Scott Rathman, who will be an artist in residence throughout the Playford Palace program welcomed the challenge. “As an artist there is no greater challenge than moving away from what you know, and using a car door is not something that many artists would have painted on before,” Rathman said. “It is also a great opportunity to be part of something new and contribute to the vibrancy and excitement, which goes hand-in-hand with the Fringe Festival.” For artists to be considered for the exhibition and prize money, artists must provide an Express of Interest Form, an artwork description that meets the royal and fantasy competition brief and examples of previous works before Monday 16 January, 2017. A selection panel will choose a maximum of 20 pieces that will then be part of The Lion and The Unicorn exhibition and be in the running to win. There will be four prize categories including:

King (Male, or someone who identifies as Male, entrants): $1,500

Queen (Female, or someone who identifies as Female, entrants): $1,500

People’s Choice Northern Crown: $1,000

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Wokali (Kaurna Shield): $1,000

All category winners will also win a free Holden loan car for two weeks. For all the details on how to get involved in this uniquely Playford art exhibition visit