Farm stay provides wealth of inspiration
  • Thursday 14 July 2011

Coinciding with the opening of the Sunshine Coast Art Prize for 2011, last year’s winner, Miles Hall is enjoying the second half of his SCAP artist residency at the picturesque Arley Farm in Maleny from 10 July until the 24 July.

As part of last year’s $20,000 prize pool Brisbane-based Miles Hall was awarded a four-week artist residency. It is a unique feature of the prize allowing the winning artist to allocate specific time and energy to focus on developing their art.

Arley Farm has provided just the right balance of space and serenity overlooking a wide valley with three dams and bordered by the Obi Obi Creek. A converted milking shed has provided a light and airy studio space for Hall earlier in the year, who is now looking forward to the changes in the property through his winter stay.

"Marks and traces of old machinery and errant farmyard scribble are still found around the walls of the old milking shed. They are marks that inspired me to paint and to further consider the way in which history becomes inscribed physically upon both a landscape and surface," said Hall.

"I have found the experience of winning the Sunshine Coast Art Prize to have been an enormous support to my practice; gaining both a wider recognition from the public and the desire to just keep on painting.

"In October 2010, I was chosen to participate in the prestigious Jacaranda Drawing Prize (JADA) at Grafton Regional Gallery, where my work was acquired by the gallery. At JADA, Judge Julie Ewington (Head of Australian Art GoMA) brought attention to its singularity and contribution to contemporary drawing practice.

"In November I held a large Solo exhibition at Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney which received favourable mention by Australian Art Critic John MacDonald in his weekly review section in the Sydney Morning Herald."

This year has been just as busy with Miles participating in the large international conference on contemporary notions of drawing entitled SKETCH. He has also won the Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular Prize for Oil Painting and chosen to participate in theNSW Parliament Prize for Plein Air Painting Prize 2011.

Miles will have an open studio at Arley Farm on 17 July and 23 July from 1pm until 4pm and then will be speaking at the Caloundra Regional Gallery at 6pm on 20 July.

The Sunshine Coast Art Prize for 2011 is now being exhibited at the Caloundra Regional Gallery with this year’s winners being announced at 6.30pm on Thursday 21 July at a free public event.

Four Sunshine Coast locals have been chosen to be a part of the forty finalists this year including Kevin Oxley, L.M. Noonan, Gary Myers and Susan Schmidt.

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