Sheridan Evans was a career public servant, who lived in Canberra from 1980 until her death in 2014 and would have been pleased to see a fellow Canberran as joint winner of the inaugural Sheridan Evans Award for artwork relating to ocean pools. At Canberra in July, Julianne Collingridge, one of the three judges for the 2016 Sheridan Evans Award, presented a $500 cheque to Canberra-based artist Jennifer Baird, whose prizewinning entry, ‘Pools of Sydney’, was an original hand-coloured linocut print, that captured the joy of being in and around Sydney’s ocean pools on a hot, sunny summer day. For details of this presentation, see the article that appeared in psnews on 26 July.
The other joint winner of the inaugural Sheridan Evans Award was Coledale-based artist, Lizzie Buckmaster Dove for her images of sculptures from her ‘Alchemy of Blue‘ project. Using concrete pieces of the Coledale ocean pool that she had found on her daily beach walks or extracted during the pool’s 2011 renovation, this artist created works that spoke of rock, tide, time, gravity and the lightness of being in water. Arrangements for presentation of her prizemoney are still being finalised.