Amanda Parer appointed as Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2D judge
  • Wednesday 01 July 2015
2D judge, Amanda Parer with the Intrude installation

Australian artist Amanda Parer has been selected as the judge for the prestigious 2015 Sunshine Coast Art Prize Two-Dimensional category.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said Amanda’s involvement in the Art Prize was a real windfall for the region.

“Amanda is well-known for her major public art installation entitled Intrude which was a prominent work in the 2014 Vivid Festival in Sydney,” Cr McKay said.

“Intrude consists of larger than life giant, glowing, seven-metre-tall bunnies and we’re thrilled it will be displayed at the Maroochy Music and Visual Arts Festival on August 22.

“Amanda is also renowned for her startling oil paintings which explore the natural world and feature assorted creatures 'great and small' which often express an environmental message.

“Earlier this month more than 380 art entries were whittled down by industry professionals to 40 outstanding finalists.

“These 40 finalists are vying to win a $15,000 cash prize and $5000 artist residency sponsored by Montville Country Cabins.

“This year, the Highly Commended artist will receive a $5000 cash prize thanks to valued sponsors the Proost De Deyne family and the People’s Choice artist will receive a $2500 cash prize sponsored by the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce.

“The Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2015 award provides a distinguished contribution to the national arts calendar and culminates in an exhibition of the two-dimensional artworks at Caloundra Regional Gallery from August 20 to October 11.”

Amanda Parer said she was flattered and honored to be invited to engage in the decision process of such a distinguished art award.

“I have been involved for many years in art competitions and I understand what it means and what it takes for these emerging artists to compete on such a platform,” the Tasmania-based artist said.

“Being chosen at this stage of a competition is a very rewarding moment for any artist - the possibilities after such an event are unforeseen and therefore can be exciting.

“The standard of works reflects the strength of the art community within the region and I look forward to seeing them all in the flesh”.

For more details about the Sunshine Coast Art Prize visit Council’s gallery website - www.gallery.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

Amanda Parer background
Parer is an artist originally from Sydney but now resides in Tasmania where her work has been acquired by both public and private collections. She was selected three times for the Blake Prize (2009, 2010 & 2011), as well as a 2008, 2012 and 2013 Glover Prize finalist.

Amanda’s major public art installation Intrude was a prominent work in the 2014 Vivid Festival in Sydney. In 2015, Intrude has been on display at the Winter Festival – South Bank in London, England, the Licht Festival in Ghent in Belgium the Fiesta Festival Perth Australia, Slava Polunin's Le Mulin Jaune in Paris France. In the near future, the art work will be on display at the Lawn on D Festival in Boston, Beakerhead in Calgary Canada, Aarhus Festival in Denmark and the Winter Festival in Aberdeen, Scotland and, of course, the Maroochydore Music and Visual Arts Festival, Australia.

Amanda Parer’s edgy and ephemeral art works explore the natural world, its fragility and our role within it with startlingly beautiful creatures enlarged and frozen within their chosen habitats. When viewing one of these iconic, mostly feral animals inhabiting a beautifully haunting landscape, the environmental message is enhanced by the artist’s finely crafted traditional technique in any of her chosen mediums such as painting, sculpture and public installation.

Parer comes from an artistic family - she is the great-grand-niece of Damien Parer, who won Australia's first Oscar for his documentary Kokoda Front Line, and niece to David Parer, producer of wildlife documentaries.