The diversity and talent of West Australian artists will be on full display when the 2023 City of Rockingham Art Prize returns next month. The exhibition will be held from May 6-21 at the Rockingham Arts Centre and feature artwork across several mediums, including photography, painting and etching. In all, 68 emerging and established artists have been named finalists for this year’s awards, including recognised Perth-based artists Charmaine Ball, Sam Bloor and Olga Cironis. Cironis said her photographic print piece Hope depicted a female warrior offering a child’s Pandora’s box. “Her identity is hidden from our gaze by a red censoring mark as she herself sets her gaze on us,” she said. “Through this looking there is a fleeting moment of recognition and anonymity, a dance of life and death in this global Anthropocene epoch.” Local Rockingham artists include Louise Buma, Michael Doherty, Ashlee Hogermeer and emerging Indigenous artist Jayda Brown, who has been shortlisted for her striking painting Wardan Boodjar. Brown said she had “discovered a new world in art” after learning more about her culture. “My art lets me proudly express my Indigenous background,” she said. “This artwork expresses the feelings I have had since a child, of the times I have spent down at Rockingham Beach watching the sunsets.” A prize pool of $20,000 will be up for grabs across several categories including first prize, small sculpture award, Aboriginal artist award, emerging artist award, local resident award and people’s choice award. Mayor Deb Hamblin said the annual Art Prize offered a viewpoint into the contemporary art scene across the State. “As well as the opportunity to professionally show their work in a curated exhibition, the exhibition presents an excellent opportunity for the finalists to network, establish new contacts and sell their work to the general public,” she said. The exhibition will be open for public viewing Wednesday to Sunday from 10am-4pm, with free admission and parking at the Rockingham Arts Centre at 11 Kent Street, Rockingham. For more information, visit rockingham.wa.gov.au.