The 2021 Sunshine Coast Art Prize exhibition at Caloundra Regional Gallery from 27 August to 10 October features 40 finalist artworks, all vying for the attention of our voting public and guest judge Renai Grace, Director/CEO of the Museum of Brisbane.

Sunshine Coast Art Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said each year attracts more entries from across Australia: “The inclusion of so many national artists in the Sunshine Coast Art Prize exhibition makes this a great showcase of art of the moment as well as a testament to our Art Prize’s standing on the Australian stage. I’m also more than pleased to see that six of the 40 finalists were from the Sunshine Coast, a reflection of the creative talent of our own region.”

Sunshine Coast Council’s Caloundra Regional Gallery Manager Jo Duke said there had been an incredible response to the nationwide call for entries. “The range of artworks demonstrates the breadth of contemporary 2D art in Australia right now, and it is particularly exciting to see some really significant contemporary First Nations works in the finalist selection. I encourage everyone to view exhibition and vote for their favourite piece in the People’s Choice category. For our national audience who may unfortunately be unable to travel due to border restrictions, the artworks can be enjoyed on our website and online voting is open Australia-wide.”

Christine Druitt-Preston, winner of last year’s People’s Choice Prize, described it as “an honour” to have her work chosen by the voting public. “In these COVID-19 times, visiting a gallery — in person or remotely online — takes commitment and a degree of dedication. I know all the artists involved really appreciate it.”

Winners will be announced on 23 September, with the event livestreamed on Caloundra Regional Gallery’s Facebook page. The major prizewinning artwork will become part of the Sunshine Coast Art Collection. Local finalists include Miles Allen – Flaxton, David Green – Buderim, Jennifer Herd – Eumundi, Peter Hudson – Maleny, Trevor Purvis – Cooroy, Amanda Shadforth – Alexandra Headland.

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