Still: National Still Life Award

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An exciting new exhibition, Still: National Still Life Award will be showcased on the Coffs Coast at the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery. FOCUS popped into the gallery to have a sneak peek at the exhibition …

What is Still: National Still Life Award?

2017 is the inaugural Still: National Still Life Award. The gallery is building on its previous still life painting award, and taking it in an exciting new direction. Still: National Still Life Award provides a rich and diverse cross section of contemporary art practice in Australia, thanks to its decision to open the still life award to all mediums. This cross section will surprise, engage and delight the community. It is rare to have an exhibition focusing on a genre (Still Life) that crosses all mediums. While we still have paintings, the exhibition also includes other mediums such as film, ceramics, photography and 3D works. The exhibition traverses many recurrent still life themes, e.g. mortality, memory, materiality and the mundane. You will see work by established high-profile artists alongside emerging younger artists.

Who will be exhibited?

There are works by 63 finalists (chosen from over 600 entries) on show: Tony Albert, Louise Allerton, Kelly Austin, Tanya Baily, Elie Begg, Annette Blair, Rene Bolten, Mechelle Bounpraseuth, Terri Butterworth, Fran Callen, Tom Carment, Angela Casey, Tiffany Cole, Karl de Waal, Trisha Dean, Mary Donnelly, Scott Duncan, Sarah Edmondson, Nicolette Eisdell, Merran Esson, Ben Fayle,Guy Gilmour, Sarah Goffman, Ronnie Grammatica, Linda Greedy, Colleen Greig-Canty, Vanessa Holle, Alana Hunt, Susan Jacobsen, Laura Jones, Helle Jorgensen, Paul Kalemba, Laura E. Kennedy, Myriam Kin-Yee, Zai Kuang, Michael Langley, Sam Leach, Kellie Leczinska, Alison Mackay, Josh Mackenzie, Kiata Mason, Julian Meagher, Robert Moore, Stephen Nothling, Susan O’Doherty, Sarah O’Sullivan, Sassy Park, Victoria Reichelt, Elvis Richardson, Damien Shen, Brendan Smith, Tim Snowdon, Richard Spoehr, Vipoo Srivilasa, Nathan Taylor, Samantha Thompson, Anselm van Rood, Prue Venables, Lilli Waters, Kati Watson, Greg Weight, Mirra Whale, Cleo Wilkinson.

That is quite an impressive list of artists. Which are the most established and high profile artists, that people will flock to see?

Yes, it is a list of great calibre. Some of the most recognised and high profile artists are Tony Albert, Guy Gilmour, Laura Jones, Same Leach, Susan O’Doherty, Vipoo Srivilasa, Greg Weight and Prue Venables.

Are there any local Coffs Coast artists being showcased?

Yes, we have established artists Guy Gilmour and Terri Butterworth, as well as young artists, Ben Fayle and Elie Begg.

An increasing number of local businesses have come on board to support this award. Who are they?

We are proud to have amazing support from Mercede-Benz Coffs Coast, SASO Creative, Slater and Gordon, and Moving Art.

And the lucky winner, what do they receive? 

The 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.

When can people vote for the People’s Choice vote?

For the first time ever, there will be a special preview of the award for the Coffs community. The community is invited and encouraged to “be the judge” this year and vote in the People’s Choice Award.

The gallery will open Thursday 23 November, 3 – 6pm; Friday 24 November, 10am – 4pm; Saturday 25 November, 10am – 2pm for People’s Choice voting. The People’s Choice Award will be announced at the official Opening Night on Saturday 25 November, 6 – 8pm.


Exhibition: 23rd November 2017 to 20th January 2018.
Where: Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery.

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