Artist pairings announced for 16th Redlands Westpac Art Prize, to be presented for the first time
The 47 contemporary artists hail from Australia and New Zealand and will present work in the 16th annual exhibition and Prize that in 2012 has been curated by respected Sydney-based artist Lindy Lee.
The Prize has a unique model in that Lindy initially invited 22 established artists and an artist collective to participate and each of those artists in turn selected an emerging artist to submit work. This approach fosters mentoring relationships between older and younger generations of practicing visual artists.
The winning artists will be awarded a total of $31,000 in prize money, with $20,000 allocated to the established artist category and $10,000 for the emerging artist. A further $1,000 is allocated for a visitors’ choice award based on public votes gathered during the exhibition.
The Prize places no limitations on artistic mediums and attracts a diverse range of painting, photography, installation, sculpture and new media works.
For the first time in 2012, the artists will present more than one work in the exhibition to be presented at the National Art School Gallery from 3 May until 2 August 2012. A series of artist talks will also be held at the National Art School during the exhibition.
The ‘pairings’ of established and emerging artists that will present work in the Prize are as follows:
• Isabel & Alfredo Aquilizan nominated emerging artist Emma Lindsay
• Stephen Bird nominated emerging artist Anne Kwasner
• Gina Bruce nominated emerging artist Addison Marshall
• Adam Chang nominated emerging artist Danny Chang
• Marley Dawson nominated emerging artist Coen Young
• David Eastwood nominated emerging artist Theresa Darmody
• Maria Fernanda Cardoso nominated emerging artist Clare Milledge
• Anne Ferran nominated emerging artist Barbara Doran and Jason Watson
• Newell Harry nominated emerging artist Max Lieberman
• Song Ling nominated emerging artist Natasha Bienjek
• Stephen Little nominated emerging artist Akira Alvarez-Sharkey
• Danie Mellor nominated emerging artist Leonard Andy and Kate Scardifield
• Kate Murphy nominated emerging artist Scott Morrison
• Rodney Pople nominated emerging artist Ben Ali Ong
• Ben Quilty nominated Josey Kidd-Crowe
• Nusra Qureshi nominated emerging artist Jessie Angwin
• Elvis Richardson nominated emerging artist Emily Hunt
• Joan Ross nominated emerging artist Dara Gill
• Paul Ryan nominated emerging artist Jason Wing
• Rachel Scott nominated emerging artist Aoife Milson
• Samuel Tupou nominated emerging artist Ryan Presley
• Justene Williams nominated emerging artist Kelly Doley
• Regina Wilson nominated emerging artist Patsy Marfura
Redlands Westpac Art Prize has a rich history of working with some of Australia and New Zealand’s most acclaimed artists including Arthur Boyd, Tim Maguire, Tim Storrier, Garry Shead, Guan Wei, Dorothy Napangardi, Gloria Petyarri, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Imants Tillers and Ray Crooke.
The 2012 winning artists of the established and emerging prize categories will have their works automatically acquired into the permanent collection of Redlands. With the exception of the winning art works that are acquired by Redlands School, all works exhibited in the Prize will be available for purchase.
The Prize will be judged by a panel including Rachel Kent, Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Katie Dyer, NAS Curator and Redlands Visual Arts teachers Mark Harpley and Fabian Byrne.
Judging will take place on Tuesday 1 May with the announcement to be made to media at a media conference to be held at 10:30am on Wednesday 2 May at the National Art School.