Julian Meagher has been selected as a finalist for the Shirley Hannan Bega Portrait Prize at the Bega Valley Regional Gallery. The prize is a $50,000 non-acquisitive award for realistic portraiture. The winner will be announced by the judge Dr. Christopher Chapman, Senior Curator at the National Portrait Gallery, Friday 17 June.
John Aslanidis has been curated into War – A Playground Perspective. This exhibition is presented within the historic Newington Armory exploring the human propensity for violent conflict and war as seen from the perspective of 28 leading Australian artists. Understandings of war and the human impulse for conflict are at the core of the exhibition curated by UNSW Art & Design lecturer Allan Giddy and graduate Nick Vickers. This exhibition is an opportunity for artists to examine aspects of human nature that are deeply embedded in communal psyche – territorialism and conflict.
Belem Lett has been selected as a finalist in two awards – the Sunshine Coast Art Prize, which offers a major acquisitive prize of $25,000, plus an artist studio residency, and the Chippendale New World Art Prize, where the winner will receive a $10,000 residency grant at the Arte Studio Ginestrelle Retreat at Mount Subasio, Italy. The Chippendale New World Art Prize winner will be announced 2 June, and the Sunshine Coast Art Prize winner will be announced 1 September, 2016.
Congratulations to Stefan Dunlop who is a selected finalist in the Sunshine Coast Art Prize. This prize is a national contemporary two-dimensional award, where the winner will receive an acquisitive prize of $25,000, plus an artist studio residency. The winner will be announced on the opening night, 1 September, 2016. View Stefan’s available works here.
The IN/OUT design blog features an article on Marisa Purcell’s ‘Screen’, an exhibition of new paintings. Katrina Arent writes, ‘Abstract art is deeply engaged with science and the natural universe and yet not always in specific ways that are readily apparent. Discovering ways to articulate these often complex ideas provides the central motivation for artist Marisa Purcell… Intangible concepts about the nature of reality, coupled with the open-ended process of making an artwork, gives rise to paintings that provoke thought and engage the senses.’ Read the full article here.
The exhibition is current until 11 June, 2016. For a copy of the catalogue, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or view the exhibition online.
Congratulations to John Aslanidis who is the recipient of this years $20,000 International Studio & Curatorial Program Australia Council Residency in New York. The program supports the creative development of artists and curators, and promotes exchange through residencies and public programs. The ISCP is housed in a former factory in Brooklyn where, since 1994, over 1,200 artists and curators from 62 countries have undertaken residencies. For more information, click here. To view John’s available works, click here.