ArtX’s 2023 First Place Recipient, Matt Robertson holding up certificate alongside his award-winning Art (left), and Mother (right).

Artists with disability awarded at artX Geelong

Yesterday, genU proudly hosted artX, an exhibition embracing inclusion and celebrating the talents of artists with disability.

Held at Rachinger Gallery, 74 incredible artworks were on display at the Eastern Hub Community Centre in East Geelong. The calibre of work from our contributing artists was so high that our judging panel decided to recognise an additional artwork this year.

Congratulations to the 2023 artX award winners:

First Prize: Matt Robertson for his artwork, I won’t let anxiety catch up with me.

The Ian Scarlett [second] Prize: Rebecca Baker for her artwork, Swedish Chef.

Highly Commended: Christian Den Besten for his artwork, Stephen Oakes’ Caravan.

Thank you to our judging panel for their expertise in assessing each piece for originality; use of materials; elements of art; and composition.

  • Glen Smith, Artist
  • Lisa Sullivan, Senior Curator at Geelong Gallery
  • Jamie Daddo, Artist

Matt Robertson, “I won’t let anxiety catch up with me” is a colourful picture of a man walking with a shadow monster chasing him behind.

I won’t let anxiety catch up with me. Matt Robertson

What the judges said:

“This artwork is very clever with wonderful use of composition and colour. It addresses an important subject and sends a powerful message about mental health – something particularly important in society today. All three judges commented on the treatment of the shadow and the emotive feeling and positive messaging from this work.”

Matt’s work will be acquired by genU and displayed in the artX Hall of Fame at the genU Support Hub. He was awarded with an artX trophy and a $500 voucher to support his artistic practice.

Swedish Chef by Rebecca Baker

Swedish Chef, Rebecca Baker

What the judges said:

“We responded to the humour and nostalgia and found the work to be fun and joyous. It is beautifully crafted, tactile and we admire the clever use of found objects and materials.”

ArtX’s 2023 Highly Commended Award winner art piece, “Stephen Oakes’ Caravan”, by artist Christian Den Besten.

View the full gallery from the artX Geelong event held on Wednesday 3 May.

Stephen Oakes’ Caravan, Christian Den Besten.

All artwork will be on display and available for purchase at the Rachinger Gallery until Friday 26 May, 2023.

Exhibition Information

artX Geelong location:
Rachinger Gallery, Eastern Hub Community Centre
285A McKillop St, East Geelong

This event was generously supported by Provincial Media and Prestige Jayco.

About artX

artX Geelong is genU’s annual art prize and exhibition and celebrates the talents of artists living with disability and/or mental illness.

Now in its 15th consecutive year, artX showcases the high-quality pieces and gives artists the opportunity to have their creativity recognised by the broader community.

Submissions have been created at local genU art studios in Geelong. Artists choose to work independently, or with the assistance of other artists to build on their skills and practice.

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