Finalists Announced: Gold Coast Art Prize

47 Australian artists have been selected as finalists in the 2015 Gold Coast Art Prize and will have their work exhibited at Gold Coast City Gallery from 5 December 2015.

The selected works represent many of the key trends in contemporary art such as urban life, landscape and environment, digital technologies and globalism.

Close to 400 entries were received for this year’s award with entrants competing for a total prize pool of $30,000 in acquisitions. An overall winner will be announced at the exhibition opening event on 5 December by Guest Judge Nick Mitzevich, Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia.

The Gold Coast Art Prize is now in its 47th year and is open to all Australian artists working in any media except photography. Gallery Manager John Walsh said he was pleased to see such a wide selection of artists represented with such high quality work overall.

As in previous years the finalists come from an incredibly diverse field, with known and unfamiliar, established and emerging, traditional and experimental artists represented.

“This year we will see established artists Tony Albert, Alan Jones, Wendy Sharpe and Susan Archer exhibiting alongside local artists Abbey McCulloch and Seabastian Toast” says Mr Walsh.

There are a number of acclaimed Indigenous artists represented also, including Michael NelsonJagamara, Brownwyn Bancroft and Emily Ngarnal-Evans to name but a few.

‘This diversity is sure to make for a fantastic exhibition and I look forward to seeing the works come together at the Gallery’ said Mr Walsh.

The Gold Coast Art Prize was established in 1968, making it one of the longest running acquisitive art prizes in Australia. Known previously as the Conrad Jupiter’s Gold Coast Art Prize and the Stan and Maureen Duke Gold Coast Art Prize, over the past 47 years around 350 works have been acquired through the Prize, making it a significant source that strengthens the Gold Coast City Gallery Collection.

Gold Coast Art Prize 2015 is on display in Gallery 1 and Foyer Gallery from 5 December to 31 January.

Photo: Up The Hill Backwards, by Didi J Valenzuela

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