The Meadow House, a stunning artists’ retreat in a secluded setting in the NSW Central Tablelands, is offering the prize of a week’s accommodation for the artist whose landscape work is judged the best in the competition.
Art Unlimited, now in its sixth year, attracts more than 500 works from artists, photographers and ceramicists from across Australia. The Meadow House prize takes the prize pool on offer to $12,400 value.
Announcing the new prize, Art Unlimited event manager Penny Stevens said: “Landscape painting is one of the most popular genres in the competition, strongly supported by both artists who enter and visitors to the show. For some time, the organising committee has wanted to recognise the importance of this category to Art Unlimited. The Meadow House prize enables us to do this.”
The Meadow House was designed by architect Victor Pleshev and built on the 54-hectare property he owns with his partner Carol Jones. The property is 14km from the village of Ilford, near the historic towns of Sofala and Hill End. It incorporates unspoiled bush, a plethora of wildlife and breathtaking views guaranteed to provide endless inspiration for artists. The larger centres of Bathurst and Mudgee are within easy reach.
“Artists have long gravitated to this area and depicted the landscape in a multitude of ways,” says Victor Pleshev. “The painting holiday is a time-honoured tradition among landscape artists and The Meadow House is dedicated to keeping this tradition alive. Providing this prize in the Art Unlimited competition is a way of achieving this.”
Every possible comfort and convenience is provided for guests at The Meadow House. Spacious and beautifully furnished, the house sleeps 4 adults in two double bedrooms. One bedroom has an en suite while the second bedroom is adjacent to the main bathroom. There’s a fully equipped galley kitchen with breakfast bar, open plan living/dining area and two generous decks.
The Meadow House has a reverse cycle ducted air conditioning system, as well as a slow combustion wood heater with firewood for chilly winter nights. Gas barbecue, state-of-the-art exercise bike, binoculars for bird-watching, books, games, DVDs, CDs, TVs … no detail has been overlooked. Quality bed linen and towels are provided, as well as doonas, electric blankets and super-soft mohair rugs. All guests need to bring are their food, drink and art equipment.
The Meadow House Prize for Landscape Painting, valued at $1400, will be judged in Dunedoo on Friday 23 May. It is open to Australian landscape artists aged over 18 years, using any 2D medium (except photography).
Other prizes in the Art Unlimited competition include:
$3000 Pro Hart Prize for Hanging Art
$3000 Print Storm Prize for Photography
$3000 Ceramics Prize
$500 Fairview ArtSpace Prize
$500 Orana Arts Indigenous Artist Prize
$500 Sullivans People’s Choice Prize
$250 Janace Holmes Family Memorial Prize
$250 ABC Shop merchandise from ABC Western Plains
Art Unlimited will be open at Dunedoo Central School on Friday 23 May with a preview reception. Tickets are $30 and include drinks and canapés. Bookings are essential. Phone: 0437 751 180
The exhibition is open from 9am to 4pm on Saturday 24 May and Sunday 25 May 2014. Entry to the weekend exhibition is $5, payable at the door.
Further information about Art Unlimited: www.artunlimitednsw.com.au
Further information about The Meadow House: www.meadowhousegetaway.com
Media contact: Penny Stevens Tel: 02 6375 1540; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org