To celebrate its 50 year anniversary the National Railway Museum is holding a National Art Competition and Exhibition with support from the Port Adelaide Enfield Council, Great Southern Rail and Genesee and Wyoming Australia. The theme of the exhibition is “Rail in Australia – Yesterday and Today” and will showcase both photography and two dimensional pieces of diverse stylistic influences. The Museum is seeking entries from the figurative and representational, to the impressionistic and abstract.
Over $11,000 worth of prizes are on offer, including the Genesee and Wyoming Photography prize valued at $3,000. Great Southern Rail has also generously provided two prizes of Gold Service tickets for two on the Indian Pacific worth a total value of $3,000, plus $250 spending money for each couple.
Bob Sampson, Executive Officer of the Museum and coordinator of the 50th Anniversary program, is very pleased that the exhibition will be incorporated into the celebrations and stated: “It seems natural that the 50th Anniversary should include an art exhibition. There have been wonderful pieces of art and photographs created or captured that feature a railway theme. We are excited with the prospect of receiving some truly wonderful entries.”
Moana Colmer, the Museum’s Curator, added “Port Adelaide has a very artistic community and great railway history, it’s a wonderful place to hold an exhibition of this type and we’re keen to see how the entrants interpret the theme”.
The Exhibition will be launched during About Time, South Australia’s History Festival, and will run from May 5 to May 19, 2013. For more information visit the Museum’s events page http://www.natrailmuseum.org.au/events.php