Skip to content
Votes are in:

SACE Art Show community award winner announced

3 May 2017

The SACE Board received over 1400 votes for this year’s award, from students, teachers, families, and members of the community.

A strikingly bold portrait of a student’s younger sister has been voted the most popular work at the SACE Art Show 2017.

Tiana Belperio of Athelstone was this afternoon named the winner of the 2017 Credit Union SA Community Award for her large scale art work, Solitariness, earning her $500 in prize money. 

The runner-up, Olivia Bonasera of Magill, secured $250 in prize money for her artwork, The Wreck of the Admella, a theatrical (Valerie Hegarty-inspired) reinterpretation of South Australian artist, James Shaw’s Destruction of the Admellawhich remains the worst maritime disaster in the history of South Australia. 

Sponsored by Credit Union SA, the Community Award was introduced in 2015, and enables visitors and Instagram followers to vote for their favourite art or design work throughout the six week exhibition. 

More than 4,500 people visited the SACE Art Show at the Adelaide College of the Arts this year, and many of the art works will be displayed at the offices of the Minister for Education and Child Development, the Department of Education and Child Development, and the SACE Board following the exhibition. The SACE Board received over 1400 votes for this year’s award, from students, teachers, families, and members of the community. Those who casted their vote went in the running for a prize valued at $500. 

The growing number of visitors to the exhibition and large numbers voting for their favourite artwork are signs of the strong community interest in the SACE Art Show.

Credit Union SA has again been delighted to collaborate as a sponsor of the show, and wish to congratulate everyone involved, including all of the very talented students and their supportive teachers.

Mr Grant Strawbridge, Chief Executive Officer, Credit Union SA

The creative efforts of this year’s exhibitors were outstanding, and the SACE Board looks forward to showcasing many of the works in our offices over the next 12 months.

– Dr Neil McGoran, Chief Executive of the SACE Board

The artwork symbolises the positive effects of solitude, allowing a person to discover and form their true identity without outside influences or distractions.

I am extremely protective of my sister and the artwork represents a personal awakening for me that, in order for Siena to grow and develop as an individual, she needs to experience life unaided by my constant presence and protection.

The colour red rendered in the background of the artwork is symbolic of our family’s love and support that will always surround Siena throughout her life. The visual contrast of this striking colour, against the realism of the bold flesh tones, acts as a statement from an emotive point of view that, although we will always try to protect her, we need to allow her the freedom to explore the world unaided and make her own decisions.

– Tiana Belperio, Credit Union SA Community Award Winner

My initial starting point for these paintings was my visit to the Art Gallery of South Australia where I was open to identifying artworks that would assist me to determine my personal aesthetic.

I was drawn to seascapes, particularly those by James Shaw such as The Rescue and The Admella because of the cool colour palette and his chilling interpretation of the ocean.

The Wreck of the Admella was influenced by the work of Valerie Hegarty; her practice of appropriating well-known historical paintings which she theatrically reconstructs “to falsify their ruination, as each work is rotted and battered nearly beyond recognition.”

Hegarty’s reinterpretation of historical paintings led me back to considering James Shaw’s the Destruction of the Admella.
In keeping with Hegarty’s practice, I deliberately chose an old frame; destroying parts of it allowed me to make a connection to the theatrical destruction of her work.

Verdigris and rust mediums have been used to age the frame and connect with the sea. The application of gold leaf juxtaposes the destruction, and also makes a connection with Shaw’s painting, framed in gold on the gallery walls. After the discovery of Hegarty’s work, I chose to demonstrate the destruction of the Admella by burning parts of the painting and used a soldering iron to do this. This tool allowed me to control the areas I wanted to be destroyed by using it like a drawing tool.

- Olivia Bonasera, runner-up in the Credit Union SA Community Award

Read more

Media Contacts:

Simon de Laine, Credit Union SA, Manager Marketing and Brand, M 0403 226 087, E

Amelia Harris, SACE Board of South Australia, P (08) 8372 7533, M 0448 671 050, E