The Living Artist documentary airing next week on ABC1 centres on the townspeople of Bega in regional NSW who raised $35,000 for an arts prize. This is the story of what happens when a lucrative arts prize is offered in a small community, the same community from which the money is also raised.
It asks what happens when the artists all know each other and the judges know all the artists – how can the process be fair, balanced and focused?
Former fashion designer, Prue Acton, founded The Living Artist Project, a scholarship to be given to a local emerging artist.
The applicants range from a 40 something ex-alcoholic to a single mother of four to a 27-year-old art school graduate. The artwork itself is also wide-ranging and includes video art, basketry and printmaking, making the judging decisions tough.
It airs at 10:00pm ABC1 Tuesday February 09th and is repeated 6:30pm ABC2 Sunday, February 14th.