Capturing the calmness and solitude of the Salisbury Wetlands

Winners and shortlisted entries for the prestigious City of Salisbury Watershed Art Prize 2017 were unveiled at John Harvey Gallery in Adelaide on Friday 28th April.

The annual Watershed Art Prize encourages awareness of water as a precious resource and significant environmental management issue, with works entered under the theme ‘wetlands biodiversity and / or water sustainability’.

2017 Watershed Art Prize Winner: ‘Bird Hide’ by Christopher Meadows.

As major sponsor for the ninth year running, International Centre of Excellence in Water Resources Management (ICE WaRM) Managing Director Darryl Day was please to award winning artist Christopher Meadows for his entry titled ‘Bird Hide’.

Meadows said his entry captured the silence, calmness and solitude of the Salisbury Wetlands and was therefore thrilled to receive first prize for the piece.

“In the early heat of summer, we seek waters trapped by winter rains. A wetland sanctuary teaming with life, yet a place of solitude and the soothing sounds of nature. Birdlife abounds, trees thrive, their deep shadows providing contrast to native reeds sought for nesting. We are out of place here, an intruder, yet this is a sanctuary for the soul. We find a place to bunker down, to observe and reflect in the bird hide.”

The winning entry along with 60 pieces have been shortlisted for exhibition at John Harvey Gallery from 28 April until 2 June, while 15 shortlisted works for the Young Emerging Artist Prize will be displayed at the Mawson Centre over the same period.