The Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2016 is one step closer to unveiling the winner of the acquisitive $25,000 cash prize, sponsored by Audi Centre Sunshine Coast and Sunshine Coast Council, with the announcement of the 40 shortlisted artists and their works this week.
In 2016, our region’s prestigious national art award received more than 625 entries (up from 340) from across Australia. The award offers a total prize pool of more than $35,000 in three categories.
The 40 finalists will be showcased at the Sunshine Coast Art Prize exhibition to be held at Caloundra Regional Gallery from August 18 to October 2.
Sunshine Coast Council’s Arts and Heritage Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said the growing reputation and increase in prizemoney for this year’s Art Prize had attracted a record number of entries.
“The profile of the Sunshine Coast Art Prize has grown significantly since it first started 11 years ago, and it is now seen as one of the nation’s leading regional art awards,” Cr Baberowski said.
“This is a great way to acquire art for our region’s collection. The high standard of judging and excellent presentation of this award attracted entries from some of Australia’s best contemporary and emerging artists.
“Shortlisting 40 finalists from a record 625 entries is very challenging, but also means the finalists’ artworks are cutting edge and fantastically diverse.
“We have a thriving art culture here on the Coast and we attract many talented artists to live and visit, so it was exciting to see six local artists made it through to the list of finalists.
“This year’s judge, Tasmanian curator of the Glover Prize, as well as a Director of ‘New Audiences for Art’, Jane Deeth, will have the unenviable, but enjoyable task of selecting a winner for 2016.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing the 40 finalists hanging in the Caloundra Gallery in August and equally to announcing who that winner will be at the official opening of the finalists’ exhibition on September 1.”
The Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2016 winner will receive a $25,000 cash prize sponsored by Audi Centre Sunshine Coast and Sunshine Coast Council, plus an artist residency, sponsored by Montville Country Cabins.
This year, the Highly Commended artist will receive a $5000 cash prize sponsored by the Proost De Deyne family.
A People’s Choice Prize is also on offer with the winner to receive $2500 thanks to Caloundra Chamber of Commerce.
Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2016 finalists:
Local artists: Jandamarra Cadd (Pomona, Queensland), Michael Cook (Parrearra, Queensland), Stefan Dunlop (Tinbeerwah, Queensland), Peter Hudson (Maleny, Queensland), Dasha Riley (Woombye, Queensland), AJ Taylor (Woombye, Queensland)
Other artists from around Australia: Bryce Anderson (New South Wales), Nick Ashby (Queensland), Paul Bai (Queensland), Min Woo Bang (New South Wales), Bianca Beetson (Queensland), Chris Bennie (Queensland), Delwyn Blomberg (Queensland), Julie Bradley (ACT), Celeste Chandler (Victoria), Andrew Clarke (South Australia), Samuel Condon (Victoria), Gabrielle Courtenay (New South Wales), Matt Coyle (Tasmania), Prudence Flint (Victoria), Christian Flynn (Queensland), Patrick Francis (Victoria), Rew Hanks (New South Wales), Charlotte Haywood (New South Wales), Hyun-Hee Lee (New South Wales), Owen Leong (New South Wales), Belem Lett (New South Wales), Laith McGregor (New South Wales), Jennifer Mills (Victoria), Robert Moore (New South Wales), Deb Mostert (Queensland), Genevieve Felix Reynolds (New South Wales), Sam Scoufos (Queensland), Camille Serisier (Queensland), Wendy Sharpe (New South Wales), Tania Smith (Victoria), Jo St Baker (Queensland), Cyrus Tang (Victoria), Julian Thompson (Queensland), Elizabeth Willing (Queensland).
The exhibition will open to the public on August 18 and the winner will be announced at the official exhibition opening on Thursday, September 1 at Caloundra Regional Gallery.
The Sunshine Coast Art Prize is an acquisitive prize with the winning artwork to take its place in the Sunshine Coast Art Collection.
For more details about the Sunshine Coast Art Prize visit council’s gallery website.