Victoria-based Audie Murray took home the Juror’s Choice Prize at the Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP). (File contributed/ SSNAP)

Victoria-based Audie Murray took home the Juror’s Choice Prize at the Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP). (File contributed/ SSNAP)

Victoria-based artist takes home prestigious art prize

Audie Murray won the Juror’s Choice prize at the Salt Spring National Art Prize

A young Victoria-based artist has taken home a prestigious prize at the third biennial Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP).

Audie Murray is a Camosun College graduate who took home the Juror’s Choice Award, which makes her one of 52 artists across Canada to have their work eligible to win one of 10 prizes. Her work will also now be displayed at the Victoria Arts Council along with other SSNAP winners beginning Jan. 10, 2020.

SSNAP is one of the largest visual arts competitions in Canada, and offers $39,000 in total awards as well as a residency on Salt Spring Island. More than 2,000 submissions came in from across Canada, and Murray’s win gives her a national title and $3,000.

ALSO READ: Victoria artist who stitches Trump quotes now on tour in U.S.

Murray works with various materials, including bead work, textiles, repurposed objects, drawing and photography. With her work, she hopes to explore connections, bodies, gifting and collaboration with ancestors.

Victoria-based Audie Murray took home the Juror’s Choice Prize at the Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) with a photo of her work, “for hambone, metis billy stick”. (File contributed/ SSNAP)

Her winning piece is titled for hambone, metis billy stick and is a glicee print of two pieces of her work: a billy stick carved out of wood replicating one made by her grandfather and an ornately-decorated sheath for it.

ALSO READ: Victoria artist makes jewelry out of breast milk

“The original billy stick was made from a place of humour and love. The act of recreating the billy stick is a collaboration; the design and making of the sheath is a gift,” the piece description reads.

For Murray, who is Metis, the win is an opportunity for discussion.

“It’s a great way to open conversations and as an Indigenous artist represent my personal background and indigenous culture,” Murray said. “I was really happy and shocked to win a prize, I had no expectations that I would win anything, but when my name was called I was very excited.”

For more information visit saltspringartprize.ca

vnc.editorial@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter
and Instagram

artistArtsArts and culture

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

This rendering shows plans for the new “flyover”overpass connecting northbound traffic on Highway 17 heading west on Keating Cross Road. Plans currently seeking public input propose two options for the median along Keating Cross Road. Option 1 will prevent left turns onto Tamany Drive and Buena Vista Road. Option 2 (seen here)will allow for left turns onto Tamany Drive and Bujena Vista Road. (Screencap/Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
Public asked for comment on proposed overpass for Pat Bay in Central Saanich

New flyover overpass proposed for Highway 17 and Keating Cross Road

Various Victoria locations were hit with a slew of anti-bylaw graffiti Wednesday. This image has been altered to cover up profane language. (Submitted photo)
UPDATED: Slew of anti-bylaw graffiti an ‘unacceptable’ form of communication says Victoria mayor, police

Downtown businesses, bylaw office and Ministry of Finance vandalized Wednesday morning

(Black Press Media file photo)
B.C. residents can reserve provincial camp sites starting March 8

B.C. residents get priority access to camping reservations in province

A pedestrian pushing two children in a stroller was struck by a driver while crossing a Highway 1 off-ramp at Burnside Road West on Feb. 24. (Google Streetview)
UPDATED: Pedestrian with two children in stroller struck in Saanich crosswalk after driver failed to yield

No serious injuries reported, driver issued $167 ticket under Motor Vehicle Act, police say

Island Health has reported possible COVID-19 exposures at Glandford Middle School in Saanich on Feb. 8, 9, 10, 11 and 17. (Google Maps streetview)
Island Health reports COVID-19 exposures at Saanich middle school

Exposures occurred between Feb. 8 and 17 at Glanford Middle School

B.C. health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and health minister Adrian Dix wore pink shirts to showcase this year’s motto: “Lift each other up.” (Twitter/PinkShirtDay)
PHOTOS: B.C. celebs take a stand against bullying on Pink Shirt Day

‘We need to let young people know they are not alone and they can reach out to others for help’

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Feb. 23

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

(Black Press Media File Photo)
POLL: Are you struggling with Greater Victoria’s cost of housing?

While Victoria remains one of the most expensive cities in the country… Continue reading

Two women were arrested in Nanaimo for refusing to wear masks and causing disturbance on a BC Ferries vessel. (File photo)
B.C. ferry passengers arrested and fined for disturbance, refusing to wear masks

Police said woman threatened their pensions in Feb. 21 incident aboard Nanaimo-bound boat

When his owner had knee surgery, Kevin, 2, was able to continue to go for walks thanks to volunteers from Elder Dog Canada. (Contributed photo)
B.C. woman has nothing but praise for Elder Dog Canada

National organization has a fleet of volunteer walkers ready, but needs more clients to serve

Justin Morissette is still recovering from the injuries sustained in the altercation. He is not yet able to walk without assistance. (Justin Morissette, Twitter)
B.C. man suing city and police over violent altercation with anti-LGBTQ preacher

Justin Morissette argues police knew the threat the preacher posed, and failed to keep the peace

Mowi Canada West salmon farm in B.C. waters. Conservative MPs have backed an industry call for further discussions on the timeline for closing Discovery Island farms. (Photo supplied by Mowi Canada)
Conservative MPs back B.C. salmon farmers’ call for transparent discussions

Farm owners requested consultations, more time to leave Discovery Islands

Jack Barnes, who was Cowichan Valley Capitals property from May 2020 until last week, scores a goal for the Penticton Vees during the 2019-20 BCHL season. (Brennan Phillips/Black Press)
COVID-crunched BCHL facing trade deadline dilemma with its 20-year-olds

Hard decisions loom when BCHL may or may not resume play

A Nanaimo RCMP vehicle in the Woodgrove Centre parking lot. (News Bulletin file photo)
Woman groped by stranger in mall parking lot in Nanaimo

Incident happened near bus loop Saturday, Feb. 20, at about 4:45 p.m.

Most Read