Nationwide entries are now being sought for the Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2019 – one of the most prestigious regional 2D art prizes in Australia.

The Art Prize offers a major cash prize of $25,000 sponsored by Sunshine Coast Council.

Arts Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said the Sunshine Coast Art Prize was the flagship contemporary art award for our healthy, smart, creative region.

“The Art Prize is an award with a growing national reputation and is highly respected by the arts industry, art collectors and the broader community,” Cr Baberowski said.

“Continued investment by council, combined with eminent judges and the valued sponsors, has seen the Sunshine Coast Art Prize grow to become one of the nation’s leading regional art awards.

“The quality of submissions we receive each year culminates in one of the signature exhibitions for the region and I very much look forward to seeing this year’s entries.”

Caloundra Regional Gallery curator Hamish Sawyer said the high-profile award was expected to attract entries from some of Australia’s best contemporary and emerging artists.

“The national profile of the award is continuing to grow, as was proven by the calibre of entries received from across the country last year,” Mr Sawyer said.

“Our 2019 judge, Alison Kubler, who has more than 20 years’ experience working as a curator in museums and galleries across Australia, will have the enviable task of selecting a winner from what I’m sure will be an exceptional list of finalists.”

Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2019 finalists will be announced in April and will be showcased in an exhibition held at Caloundra Regional Gallery from July 24 to September 15.

The winning work will be acquired into the Sunshine Coast Art Collection.

Prize details

The Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2019 offers a prize pool of more than $30,000 in cash and prizes including:

·      an acquisitive major prize of $25,000 cash sponsored by Sunshine Coast Council

·      a non-acquisitive Highly Commended prize of $5000 sponsored by the De Deyne family

·      a non-acquisitive People’s Choice prize of $2500 sponsored by Caloundra Chamber of Commerce

·      a Sunshine Coast Art Prize Residency sponsored by Caloundra Regional Gallery and Montville Country Cabins.

Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2019 online entries are now open and will close at 5pm on Monday, April 8. Entry is open to any Australian resident.

For more details, including terms and conditions of entry, visit the Caloundra Regional Gallery website.

View a gallery of previous Sunshine Coast Art Prize winners on the gallery website.

Owned and operated by Sunshine Coast Council, Caloundra Regional Gallery is located at 22 Omrah Avenue and is open Tuesday to Friday 10am – 4pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am – 2pm.

You can now follow Caloundra Regional Gallery on Facebook and Instagram @caloundraregionalgallery

About the judge

Alison Kubler has a double major in Art History from the University of Queensland, Australia, and a Masters in Post-war and Contemporary Art History from Manchester University, England.

Alison has more than 20 years’ experience working as a curator in museums and galleries in Australia, including full-time curatorial positions at QUT Art Museum and Gold Coast City Art Gallery, and has also developed programs for Art Gallery of South Australia.

Alison is a Member of the Council of the National Gallery of Australia, a Board Director of the Museum of Brisbane, an Ambassador for the Institute of Modern Art, and an Ambassador for the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. 

Alison is a regular contributor to art journals and magazines such as Art Collector, MUSEUM, Manuscript, Neue Luxury and the Australian Financial Review Magazine on the subjects of art and fashion.

Alison worked on the 2018 fashion and art program for the Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI) and was appointed editor of VAULT Australasian Art & Culture magazine in May 2018.

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