Martin King – Splash: McClelland Contemporary Watercolour Award

In News July 24, 2021

Martin King  sometimes the blind must lead the blind  2021  watercolour on drafting film and paper  119 x 178 cm

Congratulations to Martin King who has been selected as a finalist in the Splash: McClelland Contemporary Water Colour Award for his work, sometimes the blind must lead the blind.

Held at McClelland every three years, the Splash: McClelland Contemporary Watercolour Award was established to showcase Australian artists who work in the medium of watercolour.

It is an acquisitive award with funds from the Fornari Bequest, by the Will of the late Lena May Fornari, and is a legacy of her support for the arts in Victoria. Lena May was an ardent collector of works by the watercolourist Herbert Rose, which she also left to McClelland, and the first acquisitions through this Bequest were significant watercolours. Continuing this tradition, Splash focuses on contemporary watercolour practice.

In 2021, this acquisitive award will be granted to three outstanding original artworks in the medium of watercolour, which will all become part of the McClelland collection. The awards aim to promote artistic excellence, while expanding McClelland’s significant collection for the benefit of the local community as well as wider Australian and international audiences.

The finalist exhibition will take place at McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery from 28 August to 7 November, 2021. For more information, click here.