UNSW Art & Design alumna Amanda Williams has been recognised with the prestigious Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) Art Foundation National Photography Prize.
Accompanied by a high profile exhibition presented at MAMA, the National Photography Prize is a $30,000 acquisitive award. Established in 1983, it is the longest standing award of its kind in Australia. Of the 12 finalists featured this in this years exhibition, six are UNSW Art & Design alumni and staff including; Isabella Pluta, Kieran Butler, Lynne Roberts-Goodwin, Tim Silver, Todd McMillan, and Tully Arnot.
Amanda Williams is practice is represented in the exhibition by her series titled; ‘Know who you are at every age’. A number of Williams' works were previously included in an exhibition in Melbourne's Kings ARI which characterised the work as “examining the history of photography, architectural modernism and the allegorical symbolism of the cave (a symbolic motif representing countless fears and desires over time. And as an image of the womb as the ultimate primordial refuge and space of creation).”
The images that Williams submitted to MAMA for the Prize are images of Cooleman Plain Karst in Kosciuszko National Park. The work consists of unique gelatin silver photographs on dibond with custom timber frames made with Kosciuszko Ash.
The Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) is a regional art gallery with 10 internal exhibition spaces in a town of just over 50,000 residents. The exhibition is on display until Sunday 22 July.
Amanda Williams holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honours from UNSW Art & Design which she received in 2006, and for which she was awarded the University Medal.