30 Finalists announced
Lyn McCrea Memorial Drawing Prize 2017
Official Opening and Winner announced: Saturday 21 October, 5pm
Special guest: 2017 Finalist judge QUT Art Museum Curator, Kevin Wilson.
I’m very happy to have a portrait I made of my friend Riswan selected for this prize.
In our neighbourhood there are many migrants and refugees living in the community. Some live in limbo on temporary protection visas, trying to make themselves at home in a country which may or may not accept them. Some have already wrested out a reluctant acceptance to stay and are settling in to a new way of life. Some, like my family, have been here a generation and feel more Australian than Dutch.
Riswan is a friend, we serve together at our local Salvation Army drop in centre where he has been faithfully helping out every week for the last 4 years. He is seeking asylum from Sri Lanka, wishing to live in freedom from persecution as a Tamil. He came to the studio to sit for me and we chatted about his journey and his hopes for the future. His application to stay has been rejected but he still appeals in the hope he may be accepted.
The Bee eater has become a symbol as I think about our changing attitudes to migrants. Australia has one species (Merops ornatus) which has a close relative in the Bee Eater (Merops philippinus) which migrates through India and Sri Lanka. They look more similar than different.
A collaboration with Melbourne artist and friend Robert Fenton has been shortlisted
and will open Friday 10th February at the Webb Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Southbank
Forma et Situs Agri – Marking our Path 2016 watercolour, ink, resin on paper on board
The pre-selection panel consisted of artist and Queensland College of Art Fine Art programme advisor, Julie Fragar, multi-disciplinary artist Chris Bennie, and director of Griffith Artworks Angela Goddard.
Pre-Selection Judge, Chris Bennie, said the standard of entries to the 2016/17 Bermingham Prize was very high.
“I am confident my colleagues and I have finalised an exhibition that successfully communicates the currency of watercolour as a significant, engaging and developing medium within Australian art,” he said.
We are also pleased to announce artist Michael Zavros as the Principal judge for 2017. Michael is a leading Australian artist whose work has been exhibited in major museums throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe. His exceptional painting skills and extensive knowledge of contemporary Australian art will be of immense value to the judging process.
The selected artists will have their artwork showcased in the finalist exhibition opening on the 9 February 2017. The Major Prize ($20,000) and two Highly Commended Awards ($2,000 each) will be announced at the opening event on Friday 10 February 2017, open to the public from 6-8pm.
The idea of a migratory bird burdening itself with a collection of vintage airline bags is ridiculous. But then so is the thought that a migratory bird should not be allowed to make a journey with all its meagre possessions from its land to another land, so it can raise its young in safety.
The opening for the Sunshine Coast Art Prize is 1st September and the exhibition runs until the 2nd of October at the Caloundra Regional Gallery, Caloundra.
‘We travel a lot so collecting these made sense’ Bartailed Godwit Vintage Airline bags 46 x 61 cm watercolour
my drawing entitled Facing Myself has been selected to hang in the A.M.E Bale Art Prize, works on paper. This will be hung as part of the 2014 Bale Art Prize to be exhibited at Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Caulfield, Victoria from the 4th December.
‘I guess I’ll never be satisfied because there are always more out there’ Kingfisher and Fish Knife 92 x 92 cm has been selected to hang in this years EMSLA at the Coffs Harbour Regional Art Gallery. This will be the 7th consecutive year my work has been selected to hang in this national prize. Judged by John McDonald, art critic.
‘I guess I’ll never be satisfied because there are always more out there’ Kingfisher and Fish Knife was awarded Best of Show at the Ipswich Art Awards. Judged by Stephanie Lindquist, Director of the Redlands Regional Gallery, it also won Best Still Life.
Agnieszka and Vonny (2012 oil on panel 41 x 61 cm) was curated by Tim Morrell into this years Flying Arts Regional Art Awards. The opening was held at the State Library of Queensland 1st February and the show will tour around regional centres for 2014.
‘Little Things Grew By Continual Accumulation’ – Magpies Collect 40 x 76 cm oil on linen has been selected to hang in the Eutick Memorial Still Life Awards held at the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, opening 15th November 6p.m. It will continue until the 18th January 2014.
Nesting Options has been shortlisted for the 2013 SCAP, the 4th time to be selected into this exhibition of approximately 40 artists from around Australia. The exhibition opens 21st August and runs until 13th October at the Caloundra Regional Gallery, Qld.