YOU CAN CHOOSE ART PRIZE WINNER
BEST CONTEMPORARY WORKS AUSTRALIA HAS TO OFFER ARE IN CALOUNDRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY
The 14th annual Sunshine Coast Art Prize opened to the public on Thursday this week. Once again, it gives the public a chance to see a selection of the best contemporary art that Australia has to offer. The word “contemporary” is all-important in viewing this exhibition.
Contemporary can mean “not traditional” or “as now”, which refers to when the artwork was produced and not to any specific style. It is best to view this exhibition with an open mind and be prepared to intellectualise with the artists and their thoughts about their creations.
Judging will not take place until August 29, so you have plenty of time to view the works beforehand and have the opportunity to make your “people’s choice” selection.
I am proud to have been associated with instigating this now prestigious art prize and pay homage to Ferre De Deyne and Helen Perry, who have both been there from the outset and continue that support.
A myriad other people have had equal faith in the prize and continue to assist in presenting what is now one of the feature prizes for contemporary art in Australia.
Check the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery Trail at www.sunshinecoastartgallerytrail. com.au for the many talented artists and the individual galleries’ opening hours.
Caloundra Regional Art Gallery
Sunshine Coast Art Prize: various artists Exhibition dates: until September 15
The annual Sunshine Coast Art Prize is at Caloundra Regional Art Gallery. Now in its 14th year, the prize showcases a selection of the best contemporary art in Australia. With the winner receiving $25,000, this prize is now highly regarded among the nation’s best artists in all two-dimensional media. Be a part of this exhibition and vote for your “people’s choice”.
Gympie Regional Gallery
Du Reitz Art Awards: various artists Exhibition dates: until August 23
The inaugural Du Reitz Art Awards were launched on Thursday at the Gympie Regional Gallery. Open to artists in 2D and 3D categories and with a prize pool of more than $13,000, this award is expected to become a mainstay of the Gympie Regional Gallery’s art season. You can vote for your favourite in the “people’s choice” section.
Stevens Street Gallery, Yandina
Featured artists: Rindi Salomon and Andrew Shillam
Exhibition dates: Until August 31
Rindi Salomon’s work is primarily abstract geometric design inspired by the old buildings, river and farmland surrounding the artist’s home in Grafton. It is fundamentally about line, shape and colour of which the subject matter lends itself readily. Andrew Shillam’s latest work is abstract wood sculpture, partially inspired by the ancient artefacts found on the Orkney Islands and the work of his great uncle and aunt, Queensland artists Kathleen and Leonard Shillam.
Butter Factory Arts Centre, Cooroy
Joy of the Journey: The BRAG Trade Exhibition dates: until September 3
The BRAG Trade is a collective of early-career artists with common links through volunteering at the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery (BRAG). It features five artists: Kevin Aldcroft, Gabrielle Mcdonald, Paul Perry, Patricia Sheppard and Raymond Singleton. The exhibition will explore the artists’ diverse relationships with forms, themes and techniques. Many of the works are visually inspired pieces with unconventional painting techniques, dimensional drawings and multi-patterned pieces.
MAIN PHOTO: At Caloundra Regional Art Gallery is Levitate by Stephen Bush, a SCAP finalist. ABOVE: At Stevens Street Gallery, Yandina, is Rindi Salomon's Blue Sea Grey Sky.