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First virtual Art Awards

A number of Cumberland City Council facilities and events have been suspended as part of the State’s COVID-19 lockdown, but it is finding new ways to redirect events to its website and keep residents connected.
“For a decade now, the Cumberland Art Award exhibition has been showcased at Council’s Peacock Gallery in Auburn Botanic Gardens,” Mayor Steve Christou said.
“For the first time ever, we will host our Art Awards online in an effort to continue the tradition, even as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is a very challenging time, but I’m very proud that we are channelling the creativity and resilience of Cumberland’s community to present a 360-degree virtual video of the exhibition alongside high quality images of all the exhibition artworks.
“Art gives people a platform for expression in our community and drives civic dialogue and cultural understanding. We’re in a climate at the moment where we have to keep distant, but these fantastic artworks help us stay connected.”
Council will announce the winners of the Art Awards today (Tuesday, April 14) the day the exhibition goes live on Council’s website.
Award categories include the Cumberland Art Award, Youth Award and Emerging Artist Award with prize money up for grabs.
Council will also provide online visitors with a chance to vote for their favourite artwork in the People’s Choice Awards.
The winner of the People’s Choice Awards will be announced at the conclusion of the online exhibition on cumberland.nsw.gov.au/arts
For updates on Council’s response to Coronavirus and the impact on events, programs and non-essential services, including a range of new online programs visit cumberland.nsw.gov.au/covid19