Entries are now being invited to a national art award established by Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery with a total prize pool of $25,000.
'Still: National Still Life Award’ is the only art award of its kind in Australia and is expected to attract entries from across Australia from artists at all stages of their careers. It will be a biennial award open to artists working in all mediums.
“This is an exciting new chapter in the Gallery’s long association with the genre of still life – and it’s all thanks to the amazing generosity of the Coffs Harbour locals who are donating the prize money,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight. “Still will build on the substantial still life collection the Gallery has already begun with a new emphasis on including all mediums, not just painting.
A still life award exhibition has become a signature event in the cultural calendar of the Coffs Harbour region and has attracted a wide audience ranging from curious community members to avid art lovers.
Still: National Still Life Award will be an acquisitive art prize of $20,000, with a new addition of a People’s Choice Award of $5,000.
Still exhibition, which will officially open on Saturday November 25 2017, will be accompanied by an exciting public programme called ‘Still: Contemplating Life’ which will include artists’ talks, workshops and a focus on mindfulness and meditation.
Friends of the Gallery President, Heather McKinnon, said: “It’s wonderful to see the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery’s still life award take a fresh new direction with increased support from local sponsors. This award promotes the Gallery and the Coffs Region at a national level.”
Local artist Sara Bowen said she expects to see some amazing work at the first exhibition in November. “It’s going to open up the exhibition to a much broader range of art making in Australia, which means that our local community and visitors will get to see the work of some very interesting artists,” she said.
Her words were echoed by Gallery Curator Jo Besley: “The changes to the award’s format will open it up to many more artists broadening the interpretation of still life as a genre in a contemporary context. The STILL exhibition will run from November 24 2017 – January 18 2018.
For information on how to enter, go to coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/STILL.
Stay tuned for further updates about the STILL guest judge and ‘STILL: Contemplating Life’.