Tasmanian Regional Arts is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Bendigo Bank Material Girl art award.

This year’s Material Girl theme of “Speak to Me” gave artists an opportunity to ponder contemporary communication.

Since 2002 Material Girl has been building the profile of women artists in Tasmania and focuses attention on the issues which influence their work. A regular fixture on the arts calendar it is an instigator of inspirational new work. The amazing talent and diversity of Tasmanian works this award attracts has always been one of its strengths. Although it began as a showcase for textile based works, artworks in any medium are now accepted and demonstrate the range of outstanding creativity of Tasmanian women artists.

The exhibition was opened by the Premier at the Moonah Arts Centre on Friday 11 May. This was a return to a familiar space for Material Girl.

Gallery visitors have the opportunity to select their favourite work and enter the People’s Choice Award before the end of exhibition period Wednesday 30 May 2012.

Selected works will then tour the state through the Tasmanian Regional Arts touring program hosted by regional communities: St Mary’s in July, Burnie in August, New Norfolk in September, Sidmouth in October, Wynyard in November, and Smithton in December. In 2013, the show will tour to Deloraine and George Town

The Winners of the following awards were announced on opening night:

Bell Bay Aluminium Award for Overall Excellence $1,500 – Burnie Artist Susan McArthur for ‘Engagement’ a digital photograph
Premier’s Award $750 – Burnie artist Pam Thorne for ‘Just by Reaching Out’ a papier mache sculpture
Zonta Award for Highly Commended $500 – Launceston Artist Joyce de Ruyter for ‘Silent Communication’ a coloured pencil drawing.
Zonta Award for Young Artist $500 – South Hobart artist Emily Blom for ‘A Stitch in Time’ a mixed media piece.

Tasmanian Regional Arts acknowledges the generous support by Bendigo Bank, Zonta International, Bell Bay Aluminium, The Department of Premier and Cabinet, Community Development Division and Moonah Arts Centre.

Further information can be found on the Tasmanian Regional Arts website: or by contacting the TRA office on 6426 2344. The finalists for the show can be seen at