Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award 2017

20 May 2017 – 16 July 2017

Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre
782 Kingsway
Gymea NSW

Held every two years since 2001, the Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award is a significant national exhibition that aims to elevate the status of works on paper while supporting and promoting artists working with this medium.

Brian Robinson, Land Sea Sky – Charting our place in the universe, 2016.

The works in the 2017 Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award demonstrate the materiality of paper, its versatility, and the possibilities of paper as a medium. Works include painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, sculpture, installation and video.

Webmaster note: We would like to highlight the following artist for your enjoyment:

Betty Bird

Knitting the Miles Away 2017
knitted paper
21 x 600 x 3.2cm approx

I bought an old 1980s ‘Reader’s Digest Motoring Guide to Australia’ for $2 at a Brisbane market, attracted by the fine quality of the paper and soft green and pink illustrations.

Knitting up the book was a slow and labour intensive process.  I tore up the pages, shredded them, and glued them end to end to produce the yarn.  With number 10 needles I cast on 30 stitches and began to knit.  That was in early January 2017.

I’ve since processed and knitted over 300 pages.  Each page produced 17 strips of paper, which, when glued end to end, created 6 rows of knitting (about 6cm) taking 40 minutes.  The length of this work is over 6 metres.


This is just one piece from the exhibiting 76 finalists who were chosen from over 850 entries, the largest number ever to have submitted their work for consideration and the chance to participate in the $26,000 prize money.

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2 Responses to Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award 2017

  1. Chris Hutch says:

    I was lucky enough to run into the lovely Betty Bird at the Palm House today. I remember her from my brief time as a member of Southern Papermakers and her lovely knitted paper work in one of our shows. She was very encouraging today in her praise of the exhibition and urged us to consider entering the Hazelhurst WoP show. Maybe next year, eh…..??


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