Nationwide entries are now being sought for the Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2019, one of the most prestigious regional 2D art prizes in Australia. The Art Prize offers a major cash prize of $25,000 sponsored by Sunshine Coast Council.
Arts Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said the Sunshine Coast Art Prize was the flagship contemporary art award for the region. “The Art Prize is an award with a growing national reputation and is highly respected by the arts industry, art collectors and the broader community,” Cr Baberowski said. “Continued investment by council, combined with eminent judges and the valued sponsors, has seen the Sunshine Coast Art Prize grow to become one of the nation’s leading regional art awards. The quality of submissions we receive each year culminates in one of the signature exhibitions for the region and I very much look forward to seeing this year’s entries.”
Caloundra Regional Gallery curator Hamish Sawyer said the high-profile award was expected to attract entries from some of Australia’s best contemporary and emerging artists. “The national profile of the award is continuing to grow, as was proven by the calibre of entries received from across the country last year,” Mr Sawyer said. “Our 2019 judge, Alison Kubler, who has more than 20 years’ experience working as a curator in museums and galleries across Australia, will have the enviable task of selecting a winner from what I’m sure will be an exceptional list of finalists.”
Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2019 finalists will be announced in April and will be showcased in an exhibition held at Caloundra Regional Gallery from 24 July to 15 September. The winning work will be acquired into the Sunshine Coast Art Collection.
Owned and operated by Sunshine Coast Council, Caloundra Regional Gallery is located at 22 Omrah Avenue and is open Tuesday to Friday 10am to 4pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am to 2pm.
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