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.
I have had the opportunity to paint a large mural for the Redlands Council in conjunction with Creative Move and the Redland Art Gallery. ‘We visit every year’ draws attention to the stories of our migratory shore birds and the precarious nature of their habitat in our bay areas. It also references visitation, holidays and return visits to our beautiful bay areas.
Thanks to Creative Move for giving me this opportunity and for their unwavering support through out the process and to Redlands Council for having the vision for Public Art in their community.
It was a challenge to paint the mural in panels in my studio, then transport them and have them attached to a giant framework to instal on the side of the IGA building in Wellington Point Village. Many people helped make this happen and I am grateful for their support.
I have been privileged to be able to spend 9 days as artist in residence and experience the stunning beauty of Roebuck Bay in Broome and spend time watching and sketching the shore birds in this unique habitat. This material will help feed a body of work about migration and an exhibition late 2018 at the Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland. This residency was made possible with the help of an Arts Qld grant and the support of the Broome Bird Observatory.
an exhibition at the Queensland Museum – World Science Festival Brisbane 22nd – 26th March, 2017
Curated by Carrie McCarthy with much absorbing artwork by artists who work across science and art including: Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Elisa Jane Carmichael, Selene Cochrane, Simone Eisler, Emma Lindsay, Sara Manser, Sharon McKenzie, Julie-Anne Milinski, Deb Mostert, Jeanette Stok, Geoff Thompson, Michelle Vine, Carolyn Veronica Watson.
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.