DAMPIER Art Awards 2019

Winners exhibition Wednesday 3rd March til Tuesday 14th May @ Community Hub Foyer

The Dampier Art Awards made their debut in 2010 with enthusiastic support from the local community keen to showcase the talents within our town.  Each Awards have a different overall theme: ‘Colour My Life’ in 2014; ‘Home is Where the Heart is’ in 2015; ‘Ancient Land, Changing Town’ in 2016; and ‘Under the Sun’ in 2018, with artists drawing inspiration from the rich outdoor lifestyle in the Pilbara, depicting the local views on culture, our identity and our nationhood through visual works that challenged and captivated their audience.

 This year the Dampier Art Awards theme is ‘Red Hot Town’, inspired by the theme of the Dampier Community Association’s 50 year anniversary celebrations during 2018.  This theme explores the question ‘What does Red Hot Town mean to you?’ Is it simply the sun, the red dirt and the dust? Or is it the passion of the people, the colours of the sunset, the power of the industry, the rich ochre of the rocks, or the boldness of the landscape? We hoped artists would be inspired to portray their vision of life in their Red Hot Town when creating pieces for submission to this Awards category. Our Judge this year, Dampier Local Tanya Montgomery had a very difficult task in choosing the winners and highly commended for all 7 categories.

Proudly managed by the Dampier Community Association (DCA), with the help of our community members and sponsors the Dampier Art Awards are an important grass roots cultural event, and a popular annual fixture on the local calendar.

The Dampier Art Awards are open to adults, and youth aged between 14-18, living within the City of Karratha.

This year we had over 50 entrants and the caliber and expertise of the art submitted blew us away. We had over 600 visitors to the exhibition, and almost 500 visitors voted for their People’s Choice nomination. Of those votes almost 20% went to one individual piece of art, so we are in no doubt clear of who the People’s Choice Winner is. Nearly half of the art work was sold during the exhibition period.

Thank you Artists, Visitors, Sponsors and Judges for once again proving Dampier Art Awards is a successful important part of our Dampier Community. This year the Dampier Primary School also engaged in the exhibition and gave our youngest community members an opportunity to foster their own artistic sides and secure the further of the Arts in Dampier.

We will celebrate our Tenth Anniversary Awards in 2020, with the addition of new categories including a photographic category. Watch this space.

See all art entries this year with winners and highly commended.

Category 1 :Theme - Red Hot Town proudly sponsored by The City of Karratha.

Winner #26 :Robbie Palmer with her piece “ Hot Sentient Rock“

Highly commended #23:Kate Mott with her piece “Evolution of Dampier “

Category 2 : Pilbara Landscapes proudly sponsored by Argonaut Marine Group.  

Winner # 36 Deanne McGillan with her pieced “ It was a Great Day”.

Highly commended # 14 Suzanne Higgins with her piece “Sam’s Island”.

Category 3 : Portraits proudly sponsored by Rio Tinto - Dampier Salt.

Winner #1 Bernadette Daley with her piece “Captain”.

Highly commended #17 Amanda Saunders with her piece “Wild Women”.

Category 4 : Abstract proudly sponsored by NEMMS JV.

Winner #25 Robbie Palmer with her piece “Istanbul East meets West.

Highly commended #13 Petrina Sladen with her piece “Salt Meets Land”.

Category 5 : Works on Paper proudly sponsored by Fortescue Metal Group.

Winner #51 Carrie McDowell with her piece “Chararoo”.

Highly commended #7 Marianne Gathmann with her piece “Spinifex”.

Also Highly commended #9 Tania Lindau with her piece “The Pearler’s Wives of Cossack 1894”.

Category 6 : Open proudly sponsored by Fortesque Bus Service.

Joint Winner #42 Geoff Saunders with his piece “Red Hot Jazz”.

Joint Winner #12 Shaun Wigley with his piece “Crabby Local”.

Highly commended #38 Maria Mori with her piece “Thrive N’ Shine”.

Category : Youth proudly sponsored by Pilbara Port Authority.

Winner #45 Ebony Bascombe with her piece “Bikini Bod”.

Highly commended #15 Isabella Higgins with her piece “Green”.

Also Highly commended #28 Tyra Lovel with her piece “Look Behind the Smile”.

Winner People’s Choice Award #3 “Red’s Day at the Beach” by Sandy Featch.

People's Choice Winner 2019  "Red's Day at the Beach "

Created & donated -

Warrick Smith,


A piece of Art in itself.

Dampier Craftsman