Winners Announced for 2012 City of Hobart Art Prize
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.
Julia deVille, Charon, 2011 (Image by Jonathan Wherrett)
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.
Katie Petyarre Morgan, Bush Orange [detail), 2012 (Image by jonathan wherrett)
Fibre: Kate James, Cornucopia (2012)
KATE JAMES, CORNUCOPIA, 2012 (Image by Jonathan Wherrett)
Paint: Megan Keating, Nature Strip #2 Bramble (2012)
MEgan Keating, Nature Strip #2 Bramble [detail], 2012 (IMage by Jonathan Wherrett)
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or (03) 6238 2430
The City of Hobart Art Prize is a cultural initiative of the City of Hobart.