Highly respected digital and new media arts curator Lubi Thomas has been announced as the judge of the 2015 Sunshine Coast Art Prize New Media category.
Council’s Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the New Media category would showcase the most exciting contemporary animation, projections, video, digital photography and street art from across the nation.
“It is a privilege to announce highly respected Senior Curator of Digital Media, Lubi Thomas as the judge for the New Media category,” Cr McKay said.
“Lubi has built a reputation nationally and internationally working in the fields of digital/new media arts.
“Lubi will no doubt have a tough job selecting the winners from the 27 finalists.
“In its second year the New Media category finalists represent an exceptionally high standard of artworks.
“The winner of the 2015 Sunshine Coast Art Prize New Media category receives a $10,000 cash prize. There will also be a Highly Commended $1250 prize award sponsored by the University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery and a $250 People’s Choice Award.
“The Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2015 New Media award culminates in an exhibition at the University of the Sunshine Coast from October 6 to 8 and the Maroochy Arts & Ecology Centre from October 9 to November 1.
“In a first, some of the finalists’ artworks will also be included in the Inaugural Maroochy Music and Visual Arts Festival at the Old Horton Park Golf Course on August 22.”
When asked how she feels about being selected as the judge of the Sunshine Coast Art Prize New Media category, Lubi Thomas said she has taken up the challenge with both trepidation and excitement.
“The excitement is in the opportunity to support our ever-growing community of creatives engaged in art-making of the 21st century; using the tools of today to make art of today. Equally to have this opportunity to view new work from artists I may and may not know is exciting - the treasure trove of discovery is always alluring and rewarding,” Lubi said.
“Artists choosing to engage with contemporary digital/new media tools deal with the constant challenge of keeping the conceptual rigor of the work alive, while overcoming the litany of technical difficulties that is inevitable when working in this field.
“Digital/new media tools are far from fast and easy – at ones fingertips so to speak. Artists who work in this field are constantly experimenting with new modes of creative practice, learning new tools and being constantly challenged through trial and error discovery.
“Digital/new media artists demonstrate an extraordinary level of curiosity and determination.
“The trepidation comes from the notion of making judgement of what makes art good and how do I separate artworks from a pool of undoubtedly talented artists.
“I will execute this task with due consideration and rely on my basic mantra that “Art is a language of ideas” (Joe Davis), and that a strong artwork is one where the concept is irrevocably entangled with the medium and the display methodology.
“For me an artwork sings when the concept, medium, and display matrix are enfolding upon one another to make the artwork whole.”
The New Media Art Prize is one of numerous awards and categories within the Sunshine Coast Art Prize 10th anniversary celebration, with more than $125,000 in cash prizes available for artists.
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