Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Australia's Blake Prize for Religious Art Under Threat

By Andrew Taylor
2014 Blake Finalist: "Untitled 2013" by Warwick Thornton, pigment print photograph, 114.8 x 114.8cm
AUSTRALIA---The end is nigh for one of Australia's top prizes for religious art. The Blake Prize will be awarded for the last time on Saturday if a sponsor cannot be found. The chairman of the Blake Society, Rod Pattenden, said the organisation had been unable to find a major sponsor for the $25,000 prize, and it was likely the 63rd Blake Prize would be the last. Mr Pattenden said the Blake Prize was viewed as "too open-minded" by religious organisations and "too religious" by people with secular views. Since 2000 it has shifted focus from traditional religion to exploring spirituality and has frequently been caught up in controversy. [link]