An annual award, The LOFTY, named in honour of the late Pamela Lofts, accomplished artist and founder of Watch This Space, is the centerpiece of the local Artist Run Initiative’s end of year celebrations on December 6 from 6pm.
The LOFTY goes to an individual acknowledging their contribution to the “ever evolving creative culture” of Central Australia. Franca Barraclough won the inaugural LOFTY in 2011, followed by David Nixon last year. The winner gets a free exhibition at Watch This Space in 2014 and $1000 cash prize. Nixon’s award show ends this Saturday.
Left: Lofts at her Freefall exhibition held at WTS in 2011. Photo by Pip McManus.
The award night will feature three local music makers. Brother Moonbug (Ollie Ollino) will be spinning tunes in three sessions from 6pm onwards, concluding with a groovy dance set. There will also be performances by Colin Lillie, Scottish singer-songwriter and folk soul artist, and Jacinta Price, who has just released her new solo album titled Dry River.
Meanwhile, work by Lofts is included in two exhibitions currently on show at Araluen, including a recent acquisition, not previously shown in Alice Springs, of a mixed media sculpture titled There is no place like home.
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