Local Parramatta artist, Liam Benson, has won the Champions of the West Awards Arts Category during a special reception on Tuesday, June 3, at Rooty Hill RSL.
Liam, who is one of 14 resident artists at Parramatta Artists Studios, entered his ‘I Adorn Myself’ project which brings together women from across Parramatta’s diverse cultural community through creative workshops.
Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr John Chedid, said this was a significant achievement for Liam and a great opportunity to showcase the arts sector in Parramatta.
“Liam’s project is testament to the unique artistic talent in western Sydney and cements Parramatta as a creative hub in the arts scene,” Cr Chedid said.
“This win further highlights the benefits of our ongoing activities such as Parramatta Artists Studios and Pop Up Parramatta.”
The artwork, which involves women from a range of different backgrounds stitching and embroidering headdresses, will be photographed by Liam for public exhibition.
“Through Council’s arts programs, I have been provided a creative and supportive studio space, where I am able to make new work, connect with the local community and build networks all from a studio based in the heart of Parramatta,” Liam said.
“I will be working with women from Parramatta’s culturally diverse communities. The creative process will be in their hands, allowing them to celebrate their individual identities, their cultural legacy and also contribute to a wider understanding of our changing Australian identity.”
In addition to Liam, the Cumberland Scouts & Guides took out the Champion’s Champion award for their annual Gang Show, which is currently showing at Riverside Theatres.