100k Basil Sellars art prize winner announced

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Wednesday 23 June 2010.

The Ian Potter Museum of Art

The University of Melbourne

Media Release June 22, 2010

Basil Sellers Art Prize
6 August to 7 November 2010

Sport & Art Luminaries join Sellers Art
Prize

Leaders from the worlds of sport and art have teamed up for this
year’s prestigious $100,000 Basil Sellers Art Prize.

Popular sports media personality Samantha Lane has been appointed 2010 Ambassador to
the second biennial Basil Sellers Art Prize and exhibition at the Ian Potter Museum of Art,
University of Melbourne.

Award winning sports writer for The Age, and panelist on Channel 10‟s football show, “Before
the Game”, Sam completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics and French from the
University of Melbourne before beginning her media career.

She has covered major sporting events for the Fairfax group including AFL Football, the 2008
Beijing Olympics, the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth games, Australian Open Tennis grand
slams and the Spring Racing Carnival.

“The Basil Sellers Art Prize captures many elements that are really meaningful to me; the lure
of sport, the allure of art, the joy of competition and so much more. I‟m looking forward to the
various artists‟ interpretations”, Ms Lane says.

One of Australia‟s most prestigious art awards, the Basil Sellers Art Prize 2010 has attracted
an eclectic field of fascinating artists who will bring their unique perspectives to the
interrelationship between sport and art.

For the first time, the Judging Panel will include an international judge, the former director of
the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Dr Michael Brand.

Born in Canberra, Michael previously served as the assistant director of the Queensland Art
Gallery (1996-2000) and head of Asian art at the Australian National Gallery (1988-96)

An art historian specialising in Indian and Islamic art and architecture with a doctorate from
Harvard, Michael left Australia in 2000 to take up the position of director at the Virginia
Museum of Fine Arts.

He was appointed director of the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles in 2005.

In Australia, Michael played Aussie Rules, cricket and tennis as a child and has recently given
up running in favour of cycling (but refuses to wear any of that bizarre official bike gear). He is
a life-long St Kilda fan who really was at the 1966 Grand Final.

Shortlisted artists for the 2010 prize and exhibition are: Vernon Ah Kee, Eric Bridgeman, Juan
Ford, Phillip George, Tarryn Gill & Pilar Mata Dupont, Ponch Hawkes, Grant Hobson, David
Jolly, Richard Lewer, Noel McKenna, Glenn Morgan, David Ray, Gareth Sansom and Tony
Schwensen.

The Judging Panel comprises Amy Barrett-Lennard, Director, Perth Institute of Contemporary
Arts; Julie Ewington, Curatorial Manager, Australian Art, Queensland Art Gallery; Layne
Beachley, professional surfer and seven-times world champion; Dr Michael Brand, former
Director J Paul Getty Museum; Dr Chris McAuliffe, Director, the Ian Potter Museum of Art; and
Basil Sellers AM.

The exhibition will run from 6 August to 7 November 2010, with the $100,000 prize announced at
the exhibition opening on 5 August 2010. www.sellersartprize.com.au

TO PREVIEW THIS EXHIBITION AND PLAN MEDIA COVERAGE ON THE AWARD, PLEASE
CONTACT: Katrina Raymond, Medialink Productions
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BACKGROUND:
As one of Australia‟s newest and richest art prizes, the Basil Sellers Art Prize breaks with
tradition, developing a substantial prize that concentrates entirely on sport. Not the Archibald
in a footy jumper, the prize is a fresh take on the theme, encouraging artists to boldly ask the
questions, rattle our preconceptions and explore sporting culture—perhaps luring art and
sports supporters from their strongly held positions on opposite sides of the ring.

Director of the Potter, Dr Chris McAuliffe, says, “Basil and I both share a passion for sport, but
we are also aware that artists can bring a fresh and critical eye to contemporary life. So,
whether „sport‟ is interpreted as two-up or tiddlywinks, or references are made more obliquely
to obsession, or „winning at all costs‟, we are encouraging artists to ask pointed questions and
to explore the murkier backwaters of sporting culture. With this in mind, I say “let the games
begin”!‟

The prize has been initiated and generously supported by Basil Sellers AM. Basil, a
businessman and philanthropist, has made his career breathing life into ailing companies. He
has fittingly been described as the turnaround king. A recognised art collector, Basil divides
his time between Europe and Australia (or wherever the Sydney Swans are playing that
weekend).

Basil says, „My hope is that this prize will take lovers of sport and art into what may be
unchartered, but ultimately rewarding, territory, leading to an engagement that will enhance
their enjoyment of each other‟s loves‟.

The Basil Sellers Art Prize is a long-term project, involving 5 biennial awards from 2008 to
2016 staged at The Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, aimed at changing
Australians‟ perception and enjoyment of art and sport.

The Basil Sellers Art Prize 2010 awards $100,000 for the winning art work and the Prize is
acquisitive. Visitors to the exhibition will vote for the $5,000 People‟s Choice Award. One of
the shortlisted artists in the exhibition will be selected as the 2011 Basil Sellers Creative
Fellowship, an artist-in-residency program at the National Sports Museum, MCG.

The Ian Potter Museum of Art The University of Melbourne, Swanston Street (between Elgin and
Faraday streets), Parkville, 3010. T: 03 8344 5148 W: www.art-museum.unimelb.edu.au
Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10am – 5pm: Saturday and Sunday 12 – 5pm (Free admission)