Brendan van Hek
Great White Hope 2010
hand-blown white neon glass
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased through the TomorrowFund, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2010
© Brendan Van Hek, 2010
The Stringer Award
The Stringer Award winner is Brendan van Hek. A Highly Commended was also awarded, to Paul Caporn. The Stringer Award is sponsored by the Collectors' Club to pay tribute to the legacy of John Stringer and through his name promote his vision for the visual arts in Western Australia.
The Award of $5,000 was judged from the 20 remix artists', by a judging panel of: Chair of the Art Gallery of Western Australian Board Fiona Kalaf; President of the Collectors Club, Ronal Hawkins; and Curator of the Murdoch University Art Collection, Mark Stewart.
The Collectors Club’s Stringer Award will support an outstanding Western Australian contemporary visual artist as a tribute to the legacy of John Stringer the award will promote his vision for the visual arts in Western Australia.
The judging panel was particularly taken with Brendan’s work Great White Hope 2010, hand-blown white neon glass. This work has just returned from a showcasing at the TarraWarra Museum of Art in Victoria, following its purchase last year through the TomorrowFund, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2010. Click here to view the media release.
Insupportable 2011 (installation view)
302 x 250 x 20 cm
Courtesy of the artist
the collectors' club
The Collector's Club of approximately 60 like-minded members was formed in 1966 by the late John Stringer. John was an internationally recognized art curator who came to Western Australia after a distinguished career in Victoria at the National Gallery and New York at the MOMA. He was initially Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of WA then curator of the Kerry Stokes Collection until his death in 2007.
He established the Collectors' Club as a means of promoting the visual arts in WA through a club based on informed collecting. He was passionate about contemporary art and wanted others to share his enthusiasm and his knowledge by supporting Australian artists - and particularly Wester Australian artists - by collecting.
The Collectors' Club was born and its success has been amazing when measured by the amount of art purchased, the support for emerging artists, the number of tours interstate and overseas and the enthusiastic promotion of art generally ,has more than justified John's vision.
The Club encourages an active membership participating in such activities as gallery previews with the artists available for discussion, visits to artists studios, invitations to attend functions where visiting artists speak, visits to members' homes to view and discuss their collected art and tours to art festivals in Australia and overseas.
There is a responsibility on each member to attend these activities whenever possible and to purchase at least one piece of art per year. The art is hung at the annual Show and Tell exhibition where each member speaks briefly about their purchase.
In 2010, the Collectors' Club decided to sponsor an award to support an outstanding Western Australian contemporary visual artist. The Stringer Award pays tribute to the legacy of the late John Stringer and through his name promotes his vision for the visual arts in Western Australia.
Last Reviewed 19 April 2011