Since 2012, Collins Street Baptist Church has hosted and curated an annual art prize and exhibition. The exhibition is designed to coincide with the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and encourages deeper reflection on the spirituality of everyday life, especially at it relates to life at the table.
The 2017 exhibition, the fifth annual art prize and exhibition for Collins Street, is a collation of 30 works of art, both 2D and 3D, exploring this year's theme, Salt of the Earth.
The brief given to artists was the follwing:
Salt is essential to life, a basic mineral of the earth. As one of the oldest and most ubiquitous seasonings for the human diet, salt adds and enhances taste. The thought of cooking without it is anathema. Salt preserves and sustains: we need it; we crave it. Salt sustains entire communities. Nations have gone to war over its lack. Salt is a spiritual symbol, an element of religious ritual. Salt also speaks of character: “he’s the salt of the earth,” we say. In this year’s exhibition, we invite artists to explore the place of salt in our lives as a nutrient, a seasoning, a source of power, meaning and metaphor.
The exhibiton is officially opened on Monday March 20 with the announcement of this year's prize winners. The exhibition will then be open to the public March 21 — April 9, 9am to 3pm daily, at our gallery space, 174 Collins Street, Melbourne.
For more information on the 2017 exhibition, go to our exhibition website at: