Congratulations Patrick Cummins

Trinity art technician, Patrick Cummins, has added to his accolades by picking up first prize in the Salon of Local Artists at the Arts in the Valley competition at the end of 2020. His winning piece was a photograph taken following the horrific bushfires that swept through the Morton National Park and incinerated large swathes of bushland around Tallowa Dam in the Southern Highlands region. Patrick captured the photograph when he drove through the burnt terrain soon after the fires. “I was blown away by how the foliage had been completely stripped from the trees leaving a colourless landscape of black sticks on white ash,” said Patrick. The picture is taken from the road looking across a gully to the far hills. “Normally you would never be able to see these vistas because the leaves and shrubs block your view,” said Patrick, adding that even in the devastation there was a beauty that caught his eye. “I knew it would make a striking photograph as soon as I lifted my camera.” The Arts in the Valley exhibition has been running in Kangaroo Valley since 2007 and brings together works covering sculpture, painting, drawing, photography and music. Last year’s competition attracted entries from 600 artists vying for one of four prizes. The finalists included two Archibald finalists, an Archibald Packing Room prize winner, and finalists in the Sulman and Blake art prizes. Patrick was humbled to be chosen from such a strong field of artists and has put his $1,500 prize winning towards a motorbike.

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