Local artist wins at artX Regional 2024

April 14, 2024 BY

Manuela Bortoletto with her award and genU director of community Glen Snowden and genU chief operating officer Travis Heeney. Photo: SUPPLIED

The winner of the artX Regional 2024 trophy has been announced.

The exhibition is coordinated by genU and features artworks from those who identify as living with a disability or with a history of mental illness.

Local artist Hannah Wilkinson from the ArtGusto studio took out the top prize with her abstract painting and was announced as the winner on March 27.

Glen Smith, an Australian artist and arts educator, was one of the three judges and agreed Ms Wilkinson deserved to win.

“Because it wasn’t too obvious what it [the subject] was, this also drew you into the work,” he said.

Manuela Bortoletto was awarded the Ian Scarlett Award as the runner up for her hamburger artwork.

The exhibition was open to artists living in regional Victoria and over the age of 16, providing them with an opportunity to have their artworks seen by a wider audience and receive financial benefit if their artworks are sold.

genU chief executive Clare Amies said about 100 people attended the official opening, which is a highlight on their events calendar.

“genU’s mission is to empower people to reach their full potential, so we are very proud to support this initiative and showcase the talents of 86 regional artists,” she said.


The exhibition features a range of works including paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures.

artX Regional is now in its 16th year and has expanded beyond Geelong, attracting artists from as far away as Hamilton.

“The quality and variety of entries were once again outstanding, and it’s obvious the artwork comes from the heart,” Ms Amies said.

“We’re blessed to have so many artists willing to share their artwork with our community.

“We know that connecting artX Regional entrants to mainstream artists and audiences can improve self-esteem and further help to break down barriers that can exist between the mainstream and disability art communities.”

Ms Amies encouraged locals to visit the exhibition and see the artistic talent on display.

The artwork is available for sale at the Eastern Hub, Rachinger Gallery until April 23.

Manuela Bortoletto was given her award with director genU community Glen Snowden and genU Chief Operating Officer Travis Heeney.