Association of Animal Artists Inaugural Chairman's Award 2019
Winner of the AAA Inaugural Chairman's Award.
Each year The Association of Animal Artists present the Inaugural Chairman's Award which is a juried award. It is designed to reward members that go the extra mile in pursuit of their artistic career, through their work with animals, supporting other artists in their chosen field, or simply through their determination and willingness to make mistakes and develop their own practice in order to improve.
Anne Corless founded the Inaugural Chairman’s Award in 2014, on standing down as AAA Chair after four years in the role. Anne wanted to continue the legacy of encouraging others to develop their artistic practice & be willing to take risks & learn from mistakes. To learn from observation & pay their experience forwards through charity events, running workshops, having involvement in community or animal based projects & through artistic achievements & awards.
The criteria for the award covers many different fields from what individuals have done for the genre of animal art to how the animals depicted benefit from the artworks created. It also looks at how the artist has progressed, what they have done to further their own work & also what they have done to encourage other artists.
Last year's winner was announced at the award ceremony at the opening of the AAA’s Winter Exhibition at The Station in Richmond, North Yorkshire. as Lisa Watkins.
Lisa says: 'I cannot put into words just how much winning this award means to me. Although it is always lovely to win a competition or prize through a popular vote, to be selected by a jury of your peers is such a special thing & this one has truly lifted me to have belief in what I do. I work so hard, most of the time to ensure that I am supporting those that I am committed to helping on their own creative journeys. I never expected my path to take this turn into teaching a few years ago but nowadays it fuels my passion. But, at the very core of my creative will always remain the ability to allow the voiceless animals to be heard through my work . Be it via exhibition pieces, donations to rescues & charities or simply raising awareness I will strive harder than ever to stay true to that inner cause.
Winning the Inaugural Chairman's Award for 2019 is something that for once I am truly proud of & to be following in the footsteps of former winner Pollyanna Pickering is beyond words & truly humbling. It also of course allows me to promote our beloved coloured pencils to a much wider audience than I could have imagined'.
Liza with her award at the opening of the AAA's Winter Exhibition
The Award this year was sponsored by The Artist magazine, Rosemary & Co Brushes & St Cuthbert’s Mill.
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