COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Maitland Regional Art Gallery

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (16:53:53): I acknowledge the winners of the 2020 Brenda Clouten Memorial Travelling Scholarship for young achievers in the visual arts, which was held recently at Maitland Regional Art Gallery.


Judges Alex Seton and Vicki Woods were so challenged by the quality of the works that not only did they award the $5,000 first prize to Karri McPherson and the $3,000 second prize to Bronte Naylor, they also awarded their first ever highly commended prize to Liz O'Brien.


The Maitland Regional Art Gallery is really going well at the moment. It currently has six exhibitions, showcasing the work of 90 artists. New director Gerry Bobsien is doing a wonderful job getting the gallery reopened to the public post‑COVID.