Winners Announced for 2012 City of Hobart Art Prize

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Tuesday 30 October 2012.

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Now in its 24th year, the City of Hobart Art Prize has long been the major contemporary art exhibition in Tasmania.

A total of 35 artists were selected for the City of Hobart Art Prize exhibition from a field of approximately 400 entries from around Australia in the media of Fibre and Paint.

With this national art prize, the City of Hobart presents a single exhibition that showcases Australia’s most contemporary art, craft and design practice in two distinct media. This is a unique approach and the Art Prize has a justified national reputation for taking on edgy works and providing a venue for experimentation. In inviting entries, the City of Hobart Art Prize always attracts works of excellence which sit well within the definitions of the year’s media but also those which test the elasticity of those definitions.

Two awards of $15,000 (one for each media) were presented by the Lord Mayor of Hobart, Alderman Damon Thomas on Friday 5th October at the Hobart Town Hall.


Fibre Prize $15,000: Julia deVille, Charon (2011)

Julia is a New Zealand-born artist based in Melbourne since 2001. She has trained in gold- and silversmithing, and taxidermy. Julia has had solo exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand, London and Paris. She was selected for Primavera (2006) at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and Gothic Fashion in New York (2008). Her works are held in the National Gallery of Victoria and the MONA collection. This is Julia’s first major art award.

Paint Prize $15,000: Katie Petyarre Morgan, Bush Orange (2012)

Katie lives in the outstation of Irrultja in the Aboriginal community of Utopia in the Northern Territory, approximately 270 kilometres northeast of Alice Springs. In 2006 she began painting on canvas, under the guidance of her aunties and particularly her cousin Barbara Weir who encouraged Katie to develop her individual style. Katie has exhibited extensively since 1989 and has works in the collection of the Art Gallery of NSW and Holmes a Court Collection. This is also Katie’s first major art award.

Judges’ Commendations:

Fibre: Kate James, Cornucopia (2012)

Paint: Megan Keating, Nature Strip #2 Bramble (2012)


The City of Hobart Art Prize will be open to the public for a period of five weeks from

Saturday 6 October – Sunday 11 November 2012, at the

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 5 Argyle St, Hobart.


Copies of the exhibition catalogue are available for $5 from the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery for the duration of the exhibition or can be downloaded here: CHAP-2012-CATALOGUE

Artists selected for Fibre (x17): works of art, craft or design utilising fibre as the primary media.

Ying Chew, New South Wales

Georgina Cue, Victoria

Aly de Groot, Northern Territory

Julia deVille, Victoria

Paula do Prado, New South Wales

Mavis Ganambarr, Northern Territory

Lucas Grogran, Victoria

Michelle Hamer, Victoria

Kate James, Victoria

Kate Just, Victoria

Adrienne Kneebone, Victoria

Diane Masters, Tasmania

Minaxi May, Western Australia

Kim McKechnie, Victoria

Esther Paleologos, Victoria

Nicky Schonkala, Northern Territory

Vicki West, Tasmania

Artists selected for Paint (x19): works of art,craft or design utilising paint as the primary media.

Raymond Arnold, Tasmania

Wayne Brookes, Tasmania

Tim Burns, Tasmania

Christian Flynn, Queensland

Neil Haddon, Tasmania

Stephanie Haygarth, Australian Capital Territory

Kristin Headlam, Victoria

Nigel Hewitt, Western Australia

Megan Keating, Tasmania

Margaret Loy Pula, Northern Territory

Anne Morrison, Tasmania

Janie Petyarre Morgan, Northern Territory

Katie Petyarre Morgan, Northern Territory

Emily Pwerle, Northern Territory

Mary Scott, Tasmania

Megan Walch, Tasmania

Catherine Woo, Tasmania

Paul Zika, Tasmania


Two x $15,000 acquisitive City of Hobart Art Prizes (one in each category).

$1,000 People’s Choice Award.


Sue Backhouse, Senior Curator of Art, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Joe Pascoe, CEO/Artistic Director, Craft Victoria

Wayne Tunnicliffe, Head Curator, Australian Art, Art Gallery of NSW (first and second round)

Natasha Bullock, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of NSW (final round)


For all City of Hobart Art Prize enquiries please contact:

Frances Butler, Program Officer – City of Hobart Art Prize or (03) 6238 2430