Goat steals people’s hearts
  • Thursday 05 November 2009

An eye-catching painting of a goat by Melbourne-based artist Kate Bergin has won the Peoples’ Choice award at this year’s Sunshine Coast Art Prize.

Kate received the most votes from thousands of visitors to the exhibition, which featured all 40 finalists in the prestigious national award.

Kate said she was excited to receive the accolade, given how strong this year’s field of finalists were.

Her playful realist painting of a goat surrounded by floating objects makes reference to the image of the goat in art history, Kate said.

She was influenced by great artists from history – William Holman Hunt, Picasso and Rauschenberg.

“Unlike Hunt’s image, this goat is surrounded by life, fun and absurdity and examines the propensity for humans to collect trophies and to find objects which signal the particular life’s interests of the collector,” she said.

The Sunshine Coast Art Prize ’09 recorded a record number of visitors to the Caloundra Regional Art Gallery with close to 6,000 visitors for the five-week exhibition. A range of public program initiatives linked to the exhibition saw an increase of 1,500 people this year over the 2008 event.

All visitors to the exhibition had the opportunity to nominate their favorite artwork. Brisbane visitor Dan Costello’s name was drawn as the winning vote for a dinner for two at The Terrace of Maleny Restaurant valued at $150. This is the fourth year that restaurant proprietors Jade and Nigel Guttridge have provided the Peoples’ Choice and Commended prizes for SCAP.

Gallery Manager, John Waldron, said that planning is now underway for the SCAP 2010. Applications for artists will open mid-December. The 2010 judge is renowned art critic and writer, John McDonald.

For applications go to www.scap.org.au