Artist pairings announced for 16th Redlands Westpac Art Prize, to be presented for the first time

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Tuesday 24 April 2012.

Artist pairings announced for 16th Redlands Westpac Art Prize, to be presented for the first time image

The 2012 Redlands Westpac Art Prize has announced the list of 47 contemporary visual artists who will present work in the prize and exhibition, to be presented for the first time at the National Art School from 3 May until 2 August 2012.

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.

Redlands Westpac Art Prize on Artabase