25 October 2013

Young Tasmanian Artist Wins The Honda Foundation People’s Choice Award

Hobart artist, Damien Peck has secured The Honda Foundation People’s Choice Award at the Menzies Research Institute Tasmania Art of Christmas Event and Exhibition.

Peck’s photograph, “Waterwings” was selected from more than 70 pieces of art produced by 34 artists. He will receive a $5,000 cash prize donated by The Honda Foundation.

Mr. Stephen Collins, Chairman of The Honda Foundation said the donation not only helped raise funds for medical research, but also supported Australian artists in their pursuit of excellence. “We’re delighted to assist with fundraising for the important work conducted by Menzies Research Institute Tasmania. The benefit of this unique event is that it supports art and culture, which is critical to the vibrancy of our communities.”

Director of Menzies Research Institute Tasmania, Professor Tom Marwick, said the calibre of artists and artwork this year raised the bar. “We saw an abundance of remarkable artwork on show from some very talented artists. We’re grateful to be able to show our thanks for their hard work and dedication by offering The Honda Foundation People’s Choice Award for one outstanding piece.

“Damien Peck’s photograph was a talking point at the event and I wish him well for what is sure to be a very bright career ahead,” Professor Marwick said.

The winning piece "Waterwings" is of the abandoned swimming pool that almost every adult in Hobart learned to swim in. Over a decade has gone by since the closure of D.R.Plaister Aquatic House (originally known as Hobart Tepid Baths) to the dismay of many, but the delight of a niche youth market filling it with graffiti and vandalism. The photograph was taken on one of the last days before it was drained and sidewalls knocked out

All proceeds from the event will fund research conducted by Menzies Research Institute Tasmania.

The Honda Foundation aims to provide assistance to local communities and foster goodwill among Honda Australia, Honda Motor Vehicle Dealers and the public. It draws funding from Honda Dealers and Honda Australia.

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