An initiative of the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery team, Still: National Still Life Award is a biennial award for artworks in the genre of still life, in all mediums.
Don’t miss this inspiring exhibition, on show at the Gallery from September 20 to November 30, 2019.
The shortlist of finalists has been revealed for the 2019 award with 56 artists selected from a record number of entries from artists all over Australia.
“Of the finalists selected, 14 are from an area stretching from the Northern Rivers to Port Macquarie highlighting the vibrant regional arts scene,” said Cath Fogarty, Gallery Coordinator.
“The artworks include sculpture, painting, ceramics, printmaking, photography, installation and video – highlighting the great diversity of approaches to the still life genre by contemporary artists in Australia. The exhibition of finalists will be thought-provoking and engaging, prompting visitors to consider the various meanings of still life while enjoying the highest quality contemporary Australian art.”
The winner will receive $30,000 prize money and the winning artwork becomes part of the Gallery’s collection. Eight finalists from the inaugural STILL in 2017 return to the award in 2019, demonstrating that still life remains a rich source of ideas and experimentation for Australian artists.
Among the entries, ideas about memory, consumption and over-consumption, extinction, environmental degradation, masculinity and meaning in the mundane are refracted through the traditional still life themes of vanitas and memento mori. Some finalists experiment with realism, illusion and composition, playing with still life conventions, while others gently poke fun at the sometimes earnest genre.
These artists have been selected for exhibition in Still: National Still Life Award 2019:
Phil Alldis / Louise Allerton / Kelly Austin / Sue Bell / Stephen Bird / John Bokor / Sara Bowen / Janine Brody / Kelcie Bryant-Duguid / Fran Callen / Brett Canet-Gibson / Carol Christie / Christine Courcier-Jones / Madeleine Cruise / Fiona Currey-Billyard / Michael Cusack / Jo Darvall / Sally Davis / Rachel Doller / Kate Dorrough / Christine Druitt-Preston / Scott Duncan / Helen Earl / Michele Elliot / Ben Fayle / Sharman Feinberg / Robert Fenton / Honor Freeman / Corrie Furner / Salvatore Gerardi / Jane Gerrish / Warwick Gilbert / Myfanwy Gullifer / Andrew Hickinbotham / Sally Hook / Julie Hutchings / Susan Jacobsen / Jane James / Susan Knight and Trevor Mein / Suzanne Knight / Catherine Lane and Linelle Stepto / Marie Mansfield / Donna Marcus / Nicola Moss / NOT / Victoria Reichelt / Ignacio Rojas / Daniel Sherington / Asahi So / Stephanie Theobald / Gerry Wedd / Greg Weight / Jo White / JP Willis / Amanda Wolf / Christopher Zanko
The popular People’s Choice voting will take place from the exhibition opening on September 20 until November 1, giving gallery visitors the chance to vote for their favourite artwork. The People’s Choice Award will be announced on November 7.
Entry to the exhibition is free – it will close on November 30, 2019.
More information about the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery HERE.