Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Untangle the Knot

Win a $2000 cash prize by entering
ASCA’s ‘Untangle the Knot’ photographic Competition
Entries open until – 13th May 2011
27 April 2011: Artists and creative thinkers are invited to submit innovative interpretations of the theme ‘Untangling the knot of child abuse’ to ASCA’s 2011 ASCA art competition to raise awareness for adult survivors of child abuse.

Participants are required to submit photographs of any object tied in a knot of any material, which symbolises the tangled threads and lasting impact created by child abuse.  Entries for the competition close at 5pm on Friday 13th May and submissions can be made online at

Entrants will have the chance to win a cash prize of $2,000 and have their work on display at an exhibition in Sydney in June. Finalists’ artwork will be sold with fee to artist and proceeds of commission to raise funds for ASCA.

A part of the prestigious Head On Photo Festival, the competition will be judged by well-known contemporary Australian photographer, Mark Tedeschi and curator of photography State Library of NSW, Alan Davies.

The inaugural Head On Photo Festival will launch again in May this year. It features a wide range of photography across all genres with over 80 events at almost 70 venues. The Head On Photo Festival is an innovation of the Head On Foundation, which is a non for profit organisation that aims at raising awareness of important issues through photography.

The winner of the ‘Untangle the Knot’ Competition will be announced at the Frances Keevil Gallery in Double Bay, Thursday 9th June from 6pm, where the finalists’ artwork will be displayed from the 9th-11 June.

ASCA CEO Dr Cathy Kezelman said “We chose a public art competition to encourage thinking, discussion and debate about a challenge faced by more than two million Australian adult survivors and their family, friends and communities . We chose the knot to help explain the struggle or ‘tangle’ survivors encounter as they live with and attempt to overcome the damage inflicted by childhood abuse.

“Our inaugural competition delivered many unique artistic expressions  and we had fantastic feedback from survivors and other viewers of the work about its healing impact.  We hope 2011 will be bigger and better. We look forward to seeing the results.”

The ‘Untangle the Knot’ Competition’ is an extension of ASCA’s annual ‘Forget me Knot’ Day annual campaign in November when Australians are encouraged to show their support for more than two million adult Australian survivors of childhood abuse.

All Australians are encouraged to take part in The ‘Untangle the Knot’ Competition to help these survivors find their way through the ‘tangle’ of abuse one step at a time.

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About ASCA:          (         
ASCA is a charity which focuses exclusively on advancing the needs of the more than 2 million Australian adults surviving child abuse.  ASCA was formed in 1995 and its current activities encompass: a 1300 information/support line – 1300 657 380, website, newsletters for survivors and health professionals, workshops for survivors and their supporters, education and training programs for health care professionals and frontline workers.  ASCA is currently developing a national network of services and practitioners with the experience and expertise to specifically address survivors’ needs.  ASCA is the key national Australian organization to support adults who have experienced all forms of child abuse and neglect, and receives no ongoing government funding.

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