By the Editor, Allan Hogan, Bulletin 9/2023, November

The 2023 Glebe Art Show was held at the Tramsheds from 18 to 22 October.  There were many hundreds of visitors and locals who visited the Show over the four days. 

The Glebe Art Show has been held annually since 1997, with prizes across several categories and all artwork offered for sale. The show aims to support and encourage both emerging and established artists who currently live, work or study within the City of Sydney and Inner West Council boundaries.  This year’s Show attracted almost 200 entrants.

The winner of the Open Art Prize of $3,000 was Mark Elliot-Rankin with his painting Salt Country.

Salt Country, by Mark Elliot-Rankin

The Glebe Society sponsors an annual prize of $500 for a painting or photograph representing ‘the Character of Glebe’.  The Show’s organisers say ‘the neighbourhood of Glebe is a delightful blend of captivating urbanscapes, unique architecture, and vibrant people. Whether you choose to capture its famous and recognisable features or unveil a hidden gem within Glebe, your artwork will say something about the character of Glebe.’

Duncan Leys and I were asked to judge this year’s winner and we had a difficult job.  There were 14 entries in the category, and they included a striking photograph of the pedestrian underpass at The Crescent near Harold Park; a charming landscape of old Glebe terraces, and a streetscape along Glebe Point Road.  But the standout for us was Julie Keech’s watercolour The Three Bridges, Glebe Point Park.

The Three Bridges, Glebe Point Park.  Watercolour, Julie Keech

Julie was born in Paddington and was drawing detailed sketches as a three-year-old.  For the last six years she has been an urban sketcher, creating harbourscapes and streetscapes of Sydney.

Duncan liked the painting so much he bought it. He’s thinking of offering it in a fundraising raffle for the Society.

A spreadsheet listing the entrants and their work can be accessed on the Art Show’s website.