The inaugural ‘Adam Lindsay Gordon Award’ will be presented to the overall winner of The South East Art Society (SEAS)’s 2021 Members Exhibition which has attracted more than 70 entries. If successful, it is hoped the exhibition will become an annual event. The timing of the event coincides closely with the anniversary of the poet’s birthday, 19 October 1833 – 188 years ago.
The Mayor of the District Council of Grant, Richard Sage, was to have opened the exhibition on 9 October but, due to unforeseen circumstances, this had to be cancelled. However, the exhibition is on display at the Port MacDonnell Community Complex until 29 November. The judging will still take place tomorrow (Saturday 9 October) at 11 am and the overall winner will be announced at a ‘Meet the Artist’s Day’ to be advised.
President of SEAS at The Stables (cnr Herbert Streer and Sutton Avenue, Mount Gambier), Vicky Thorpe, said the decision to name the annual award after Australia’s national poet, Adam Lindsay Gordon (1833-1870), came about because of his connection to the south-east of South Australia, especially at Dingley Dell which was home to himself and his wife for a couple of years. The South East Art Society Inc. is a non-profit organisation which seeks to nurture and encourage appreciation of and participation in the visual arts.