Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2021 finalists announced

Sunshine Coast Council

Hundreds of entries poured in from every state across Australia for the prestigious 2021 Sunshine Coast Art Prize.

The 40 finalists were selected from 425 submissions across a range of genres including painting, drawing, photography, printing, textiles and assemblage.

Arts Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said the Sunshine Coast Art Prize was an increasingly important regional showcase event and motivational art award.

“The calibre of entries continues to be impressive, full of embedded meaning and drama and each year the artworks bring a new perspective on what’s happening,” Cr Baberowski said.

“We continue to attract an ever expanding and extensive range of entries from both well-known and emerging artists—it’s genuinely exciting that 2D practice across Australia is thriving.”

Finalist works are available to view online now at gallery.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

The Sunshine Coast Art Prize exhibition of all 40 finalists will be on display at the Caloundra Regional Gallery from 27 August to 10 October, 2021.

The lucrative prizes will be awarded to the winning artists at The Winners’ Announcement gala event on 23 September, 2021.

Gallery Director Jo Duke said the judged category winners would be selected by Renai Grace, Director/CEO of the Museum of Brisbane, who has more than 25 years’ experience in the arts and cultural sector.

“The standard of finalist works in this year’s exhibition is remarkable. We are delighted to have Renai joining as guest judge, bringing her expertise to the challenging task of choosing this year’s Sunshine Coast Art Prize winners,” Ms Duke said.

“There are six Sunshine Coast locals in the finalist selection, which demonstrates the creative talent we have right here in our region.”

The major prize winner will receive $25,000 cash, sponsored by Argon Law Sunshine Coast and Sunshine Coast Council, with the winning artwork acquired into the Sunshine Coast Art Collection.

Exhibition visitors are invited to vote for their favourite work to select the People’s Choice Prize winner, which is awarded to the artwork which receives the most votes.

The prize offers a range of award opportunities for finalists:

  • Major prize – $25,000 acquisitive prize sponsored by Argon Law Sunshine Coast and Sunshine Coast Council.
  • Highly Commended prize – $5000 sponsored by the De Deyne Family.
  • People’s Choice prize – $2500 sponsored by Caloundra Chamber of Commerce.
  • Artist Residency award – sponsored by Montville Country Cabins.
  • Artwork selection for the BMW art car and art bike – supported by Coastline BMW.
  • Artwork transport – supported by International Art Services (IAS)

    Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2021 local finalists:

  • Miles AllenFlaxton
  • David GreenBuderim
  • Jennifer HerdEumundi
  • Peter HudsonMaleny
  • Trevor PurvisCooroy
  • Amanda ShadforthAlexandra Headland

All Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2021 finalists

Peter Berner

NSW

Yvonne Boag

NSW

Gerwyn Davies

NSW

Timothy Gregory

NSW

Adam Norton

NSW

Pamela Pauline

NSW

Emily Portmann

NSW

Marian Tubbs

NSW

Christopher Zanko

NSW.

Michelle Pula Holmes

NT

Miles Allen

QLD

Karike Ashworth

QLD

Ashlee Becks

QLD

Anna Carey

QLD

Joanne Currie Nalingu

QLD

Simon Degroot

QLD

Michael Eather

QLD

David Green

QLD

Tay Haggarty

QLD

Andy Harwood

QLD

Jennifer Herd

QLD

Samantha Hobson

QLD

Peter Hudson

QLD

Agnes Kohler

QLD

Kimberley Marston

QLD

Kahli Perkins

QLD

Trevor Purvis

QLD

Monica Rohan

QLD

Sandra Selig

QLD

Amanda Shadforth

QLD

Cara-Ann Simpson

QLD

Melissa Spratt

QLD

Renee Broders

VIC

Emma Coulter

VIC

Nick Heynsbergh

VIC

Franky Howell

VIC

Susan Knight

VIC

Wayne Milner

VIC

Bundit Puangthong

VIC

Brian Robinson

WA

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