Inspired by the unprecedented worldwide events of the year 2020, The Hero’s Journey Art Prize will be a time capsule exhibition and social experiment in one.

aMBUSH Gallery, in partnership with Kambri at ANU, called on Australian-based artists to create contemplative and thought-provoking posters capturing the essence of this historic time, using the classic ‘Hero’s Journey’ narrative arc as a framework.

The response was incredible, with entries coming from far and wide across Australia, attracting emerging and established artists of all ages and backgrounds.

Curated and presented by aMBUSH Gallery, the exhibition will run from 3–15 November and feature the work of over 100 entrants.

The posters prompt the gamut of emotions, from the irreverent and humorous ‘Crapfest 2020’ by Trevor McDonald to the highly commended ‘and I tried to tell the flower’ by Pascale Giorgi that comments on nature’s brilliant indifference to our upheaval, and the emotional and poignant ‘The Road of Hope’ by Stella Evans, which tells a visual tale of her family and their rural farming community’s battle with drought, and was ultimately chosen by an independent panel of art judges (Jaklyn Babington from National Gallery of Australia, Dr Erica Seccombe from the Australian National University School of Art & Design and Oscar Capezio from the Australian National University Art Collection) as the winner of the AU$3,000 cash prize.

All posters will be printed, exhibited and sold, with 100% of the profits going directly to the artists. Email info@ambushgallery.com for a catalogue or to purchase a work.

Opening night for The Hero’s Journey Art Prize 2020 is Thursday, 5 November from 6-9pm (3x 60min viewings, with a clean in between viewing sessions) at aMBUSH Gallery Kambri, with drinks from Capital Brewing and Lerida Estate, plus music from a Vessel Collective DJ.

To attend the exhibition guests will need to pre-register via Eventbrite as the gallery capacity is limited.

The exhibition will be open to the public daily from 10am-6pm weekdays and 12pm-5pm on weekends until Sunday, 15 November. Admission is free.

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