From behind closed doors, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery invites the world into their virtual viewing room of STILL: National Still Life Award 2021.
The new 3D Virtual Tour means anyone can take a digital wander through the STILL 2021 exhibition and navigate their way around the 59 artworks, chosen from a record field of over 1000 entries. It’s the first chance all finalists from around Australia have had to see their creations in the space. The current lockdown forced the gallery’s closure just one day after the exhibition opened on August 14.
From paintings to sculpture, mixed media to video installations, the tour features all the sights and sounds of the exhibition, alongside links to the STILL catalogue to delve further into the stories behind the works.
“Still life really lends itself to a myriad of interpretations and artists coming up with new and innovative ways of doing things,” said this year’s judge, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. When announcing the winner, Macgregor said she was struck by the diversity of work.
“It is extraordinary high quality and I can assure you I’ve judged many prizes where I wouldn’t have said that,” adds Macgregor.
The ultimate prize of $30,000 went to Blak Douglas for his sculpture Silent Cop 2020, a bronze memorial to black deaths in custody.
“It looks like a curated exhibition; it doesn’t just look like a number of still lifes. It’s beautifully hung,” said Macgregor. “I’m looking forward to seeing what the audience thinks and seeing who ends up as the people’s choice as it’s often very different from the judges.”
The 3D Tour gives you the chance to vote for your favourite in the $5,000 People’s Choice Award, open until October 8. Find the option to vote at the back of the gallery where Curator, Chloe Waters, has left her own ‘still life’.
Take the 3D Tour of STILL 2021 with all 59 artworks, catalogue and price list at: www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/still