Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2018 finalists announced
  • Friday 08 June 2018
sunshine coast art prize, aj taylor

Image: AJ Taylor, Sapling Forest (Morning Light) (detail), 2018, oil on board, 101 x 82cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Forty established and emerging artists have been revealed as finalists in the prestigious Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2018.

The finalists were selected from a high calibre field of 325 entries and will be showcased in the Sunshine Coast Art Prize exhibition at Caloundra Regional Gallery from August 16 to October 14, with the winner to be announced at the official exhibition opening on Thursday, August 30.

The winner of the acquisitive art prize will receive a $25,000 cash prize, sponsored by Sunshine Coast Council, with the winning artwork to become part of the Sunshine Coast Art Collection.

Arts Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said the art prize had attracted entries from some of Australia’s best contemporary and emerging artists.

“The profile of the Sunshine Coast Art Prize continues to gather momentum each year and it is now amongst the nation’s leading regional art awards,” Cr Baberowski said.

“The growing acclaim of the art prize has seen its reach spread far and wide, attracting first-time entries from a new generation of contemporary artists, as well as entries from several established artists with strong national and international profiles, including Jon Campbell, Madeleine Kelly, Danie Mellor and Monica Rohan.

“The finalists include five local artists, 16 Queensland artists in total, five Indigenous artists and 14 artists from regional locations.

“Congratulations to our local finalists Sam Cranstoun, AJ Taylor, Margaret Turner, Tori Beeche and Kim Guthrie.

“The 2018 finalist exhibition will be an outstanding reflection of contemporary 2D arts practice in Australia and it’s an honour to display the incredible works in Caloundra Regional Gallery.”

Before the exhibition opens the 40 finalist artworks can be viewed online by visiting the gallery website.

The Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2018 will be judged by director of The University of Queensland Art Museum, Dr Campbell Gray.

The art prize 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 Montville Country Cabins and Caloundra Regional Gallery.

Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2018 finalists:

Clara Adolphs (NSW)

John Aslanidis (VIC)

Lincoln Austin (QLD)

Tori Beeche (QLD)

Monika Behrens (NSW)

Jason Benjamin (NSW)

Leonard Brown (QLD)

Aaron Butt (QLD)

Jon Campbell (VIC)

Brett Colquhoun (VIC)

Sam Cranstoun (QLD)

Gerwyn Davies (NSW)

Simon Degroot (QLD)

Shoufay Derz (NSW)

Prudence Flint (VIC

Amala Groom and Nicole Monks (NSW)

Kim Guthrie (QLD)

Neil Haddon (TAS)

Samantha Hobson (QLD)

Joy Ivill (NSW)

Madeline Kelly (NSW)

Dana Lawrie (QLD)

Belem Lett (NSW)

Emma Lindsay (QLD)

Kittey Malarvie (WA)

Rob Mchaffie (VIC)

Fiona Mcmonagle (VIC)

Danie Mellor (NSW)

Nicola Moss (QLD)

Stephen Nothling (QLD)

Halinka Orszulok (NSW)

Brian Robinson (QLD)

Monica Rohan (QLD)

Megan Seres (NSW)

AJ Taylor (QLD)

Ross Taylor (VIC)

Margaret Turner (QLD)

Deborah Walker (VIC)

Amber Wallis (NSW)

Alice Wormald (VIC)

For more information on all of the wonderful exhibitions and programs happening at the gallery throughout 2018, visit the websitewww.gallery.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

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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.