Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2021 is open for entries

Sunshine Coast Council

Entries are open for the 16th Sunshine Coast Art Prize— the flagship art event for the Sunshine Coast region and one of the most coveted art awards in Australia with a prize pool of more than $30,000.

Arts Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said: “Once again Sunshine Coast Council is casting its net both locally and nationwide, encouraging entries from Australia’s best contemporary artists,”

“Importantly the calibre of judges, we are able to engage together with the standard of presentation in our regional gallery makes the Sunshine Coast Art Prize a serious survey of contemporary arts practice at a national level.

“The prize is acquisitive, with the winning artwork adding to our increasingly impressive Sunshine Coast Art Collection. A sample is now on display at the Caloundra Regional Gallery,” Cr Baberowski said.

“Each year the display of art helps us all reflect on our time and culture; I look forward to seeing how our nations artists have reflected on what has been an exceptionally challenging year.

Caloundra Regional Gallery Curator Jo Duke said the Prize had, over the years, attracted experienced and high-profile judges and that this year was no exception with Museum of Brisbane Director Renai Grace accepting the challenge to select the winning entries

“Renai brings to the table a wealth of experience having worked for some of Queensland’s leading cultural institutions and projects as well as several years in the commercial gallery field,” Ms Duke said.

“She also served as Director of Investment and Development at Arts Queensland.”

“Renai has dedicated her career to raising awareness of the impact of creativity to connect and inspire communities and create vibrant cities.”

Ms Grace said she was thrilled to be invited to judge the 16th Sunshine Coast Art Prize.

“This unique acquisitive prize provides promotional opportunities, not only for the winner but the finalists, raising their profile through an exhibition and online engagement,” Ms Grace said.

“Importantly, the prize offers to reduce the financial burden on artists by covering the cost of their freight.”

Entries close 10 May with finalists announced in June.

Finalist works will be on display in the Caloundra Regional Gallery from 27 August to 10 October.

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