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May 23, 2017

BUNDIT PUANGTHONG, FINALIST IN THE ARTHUR GUY PAINTING PRIZE

Designed to attract some of Australia’s finest contemporary artists, the inaugural Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize and exhibition was first held in 2003 at Bendigo Art Gallery. Every two years the Gallery invites artists to submit entries for the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize. The most outstanding work as judged by the selection panel is awarded an acquisitive cash prize of $50,000. 

Works from the shortlisted artists will be on display at Bendigo Art Gallery in the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize exhibition from 17 June – 20 August 2017.  The 2017 winner will be announced at the exhibition’s opening on Friday 16 June 2017.

This prize provides Bendigo Art Gallery with the opportunity to survey contemporary painting by attracting many high calibre and emerging artists from around Australia. 

May 11, 2017

AMBER WALLIS IN AUSTRALIANA TO ZEITGEIST

Utopian Slumps has released Australiana to Zeitgeist: An A-Z of Contemporary Australian Art by Melissa Loughnan, featuring Amber Wallis.

From Australiana to Zeitgeist with Internet, Kitsch, and Xerox in between, this thematic book brings together the work of 78 Australian artists.

Published by Thames & Hudson, the 272 page full colour text showcases a selection of artists from a range of disciplines and working across multiple mediums. 

The book will be launched at Gertrude Contemporary on Wednesday 31 May, 6 - 8pm

May 8, 2017

ARI ATHANS, FINALIST IN THE MORETON BAY ART AWARDS

Ari Athans work 'Felsic Plume' has been selected as a finalist in the 2017 Moreton Bay Art Award.  This annual acquisitive award exhibition is supported by the Moreton Bay Regional Council. The Art Award offers two acquisitive prizes of $7,500 and two supplementary $1,000 prizes for a Local Artists and a People’s Choice Award. 

The Moreton Bay Region Art Awards is an important feature in the cultural landscape of the region and has featured prominent and emerging artists in its 24 year history.

Dr Campbell Gray, Director of the University of Queensland Art Museum is the 2017 judge.

May 8, 2017

CLARA ADOLPHS, FINALIST IN THE ARCHIBALD PRIZE 2016

Clara Adolphs was a finalist in the Art Gallery of New South Wales Archibald Prize in 2016 with her portrait of Terry Serio.

Terry Serio is a well-known actor and a musician. ‘I have been getting to know Terry over the last couple of years since my boyfriend Simon Relf started a band with him called Oh Reach,’ says Clara Adolphs. ‘Terry is a commanding and intriguing presence on stage. He also has an amazing face. 

‘I don’t often paint from life. My usual practice and interest lie in abandoned old photographs. I liked the idea that Terry was an actor and that, together, we could create a scene for a painting, like one of the photographs I often use as a reference. I had him sit for me on the front porch of his beautiful old home, with his motorbike in the front yard. 

‘Over the week or so that it took to paint this scene, it became clear that the most interesting part of the painting was Terry himself. So I discarded the props. However, I think they played an important role in the making of the final portrait.’  Clara Adolphs 2016

The Archibald Prize is touring nationally.  READ MORE HERE

May 8, 2017

VIPOO SRIVILASA SHORTLISTED FOR THE DEAKIN UNIVERSITY SMALL SCULPTURE AWARD

The Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award has shortlisted Vipoo Srivilasa's work, amongst others for its annual prize.

"This is the ninth year of the award and we were pleased to receive 232 entries, from which 40 finalists were selected.   

The external judges are Mr Ewen Coates (Sculptor) and Associate Professor Ken Wach, Former Principal Research Fellow and Head of the School of Creative Arts, The University of Melbourne.
 
The Small Sculpture exhibition launch is on Tuesday 6 June, 2017. 

May 8, 2017

LUCY O'DOHERTY IN 'SHACK LIFE' AT HAZELHURST REGIONAL GALLERY

Lucy O'Doherty's work along with that of her father Reg Mombassa is part of Hazelhurst Regional Gallery's Shack Life exhibition.

SHACK LIFE is an exhibition of artworks by a mix of established artists and members of the shack communities of the New South Wales Royal National Park. Their works respond to the structure of the shacks, the spirit of the community and the power of the surrounding landscape.

The artworks seek to carry on the tradition of artists engaging with the Royal National Park shack communities as exemplified by artists such as Max Dupain, Hal Missingham and Margaret Olley.

READ MORE HERE

May 8, 2017

LYNDAL HARGRAVE, ABBEY McCULLOCH, PAUL RYAN, TIM McMONAGLE, BUNDIT PUANGTHONG and JULIAN MEAGHER FINALISTS IN THE SUNSHINE COAST ART PRIZE

The Sunshine Coast Art Prize is a national contemporary acquisitive award presented by Sunshine Coast Council. The Award is open to any artist who is an Australian resident, working in a 2D medium. 

Forty finalists have been selected for an exhibition at the Caloundra Regional Gallery and the winning work will be added to the Sunshine Coast Art Collection.

Angela Goddard is the judge for the Sunshine Coast Prize 2017. Angela is the Director of Griffith Artworks, responsible for the Griffith University Art Collection and the Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane. Angela was previously the Curator of Australian Art at the Queensland Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA). Winners announced 31 August.

Read more Here.

May 7, 2017

AMBER WALLIS, FINALIST IN THE HAZELHURST ART ON PAPER AWARD

Amber Wallis is a finalist in the 2017 Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award.

Artists compete for the $15,000 major award; the Young and Emerging Artist Award and the Friends of Hazelhurst Local Artist Award ($5000 each) and the People’s Choice Award ($1000). The exhibition includes diverse work by artists from across Australia  including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, installation, printmaking and video.

Hazelhurst received entries by more than 850 artists this year, the largest number of entries ever received for the Art on Paper Award. The entries were of an incredibly high standard in a diverse range of mediums which made the selection process an enjoyable, yet difficult task for the selection panel.   The selection panel for the 2017 Hazelhurst Art Award, consisted of Carrie Kibbler, Hazelhurst's Curator, Grahame Kime, Hazelhurst’s Art Centre Manager, Louisa Chircop, winner of the 2015 Art on Paper Local Artist Award and Rochelle Haley, artist and lecturer at UNSW Art & Design.  

The judge for the 2017 Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award is Lindy Lee. The award winners will be announced at the exhibition launch on Friday 19 May at 6pm. The exhibition continues until Sunday 16 July 2017.

March 22, 2017

PAUL RYAN FEATURED IN BRISBANE NEWS

Arts writer Phil Brown reviews Paul Ryan's exhibition 'Happy Days in the Colony' in the current issue of Brisbane News.  Read the review HERE

March 21, 2017

MIRANDA SKOCZEK 'DESHILADO'

Miranda Skoczek presents her first collection of jewelled works at Pieces of Eight Gallery in Melbourne as part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival 2017.

In DESHILADO, Miranda pays homage to the samplers created by stitchers in the early 16th Century. The collection is a three dimensional gathering of a myriad of interests and influences remixing materials and techniques, blurring the boundaries between objects, jewellery and art.

With a desire to connect ancient traditions with fashion, while acknowledging the archaeological importance of jewellery as artefact, Skoczek takes the opportunity to bring permanency to ornaments that have up to this point existed as abstract fragments in her paintings.

The exhibition is current until 25 March 2017.  View more here