Rotating display at the library


FIRST OF MANY: Three artworks at the Whyalla Public Library as Council starts to unearth pieces from the Whyalla Art Prize.

Valuable and historical art is being unearthed and displayed in Whyalla.

The City of Whyalla’s art collection has been largely hidden due to the lack of permanent exhibition premises. However, with the help of the Whyalla Public Library, a wall has been established for three paintings to be exhibited on a rotational basis.

Many of these paintings are from the Whyalla Art Prize with an archive spanning five decades to draw on.  The Whyalla Art Prize was established in 1972 by the Whyalla Arts Council. Originally designed to promote regional emerging artists, the prize has flourished and developed into a significant award and is seen as an important exhibition of contemporary arts in Australia.

Without an established art gallery, many of these paintings have been displayed on the walls of the Council offices with Mayor Clare McLaughlin also recently unearthing some in storage.

“This is a wonderful initiative by Council staff to find a venue for these paintings and artworks,” Mayor McLaughlin said.

“I was pleasantly surprised to find some of these artworks in the chamber storage when I moved into the Council office.

“There is some real history here and some fantastic artworks that deserve to be on display for the public.”

The first three of these artworks are now on display at the library on Ekblom Street. It is free to view these artworks in the library as they go up on the walls on a rotational basis.

 The library is open 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday and later on Thursdays until 7pm. Saturday’s opening times are 9am to 1pm and 1pm to 5pm on Sunday.



Artist: Karl James

Residence: Whyalla    

Date: 2000s

Technique: Oil on canvas

Provenance: Whyalla City Art Collection

Karl James is self-taught multi award winning artist with works exhibited throughout Australia, America and Ireland. He uses diffferent media including oil, charcoal, pastel, collages, mono print and linocut. Karl describes himself as a storyteller offering the public his own specific interpretation of reality or imagination.


Artist: Mark McCarthy

Residence: Melbourne

Date: 2010

Technique: Oil on canvas

Provenance: Whyalla City Art Collection

Mark is graduate of the Victorian College of Art. He has been recipient of several Australia wide art prizes and awards since the early 2000s.  His works are represented in a number of private and public collections in Australia including artbank. Mark’s style combines realistic images within the surreal compositions and landscapes. This painting won the Whyalla Art Prize in 2011.


Artist: Daryl Austin

Residence: Adelaide

Date: 2002

Technique: Oil on linen

Provenance: Whyalla City Art Collection

Daryl studied visual arts at the University of South Australia. Since the early 1990s he has been awarded a number of art prizes in South Australia and Australia. Daryl’s artworks are collected by institutions, governments and art galleries. He is also known for his role as head of painting at the Adelaide Central School of Art. This painting won the Whyalla Art Prize in 2002.

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