The Amnesty International Freedom Art Prize opened on Saturday evening at TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst. The show’s brief was to create a work of art representing “what freedom means to you” and consisted of just over 80 works by a interesting cross section of the artistic community. With so many artists involved, the opening packed a full house.
After a 39 degree day in Sydney the heavens opened and the temperature dropped just in time to make the busy gallery bearable. It was still hot. “People’s Choice” ballots and the “Judge’s Choice” prize were up for grabs, but sadly we couldn’t hang around for the announcement of the winners.
Some of the highlights of the show included an installation of hanging black pinwheels by Anna Topalidon which was exploring the notion of freedom for children impacted by war. Also memorable was a beautiful series of watercolour portraits by Elizabeth O’Connor exploring reflections on her personal notions of freedom.