Mountain Creek student named as finalist in $15,000 new media art prize
  • Friday 24 October 2014

The creative career of Isabella Summerfield from Buddina has just been given a massive boost after being named finalist in the inaugural Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2014 New Media category.

Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2014 New Media Judge Chris Denaro, Creative Lecturer at Queensland University of Technology, selected Isabella’s entry Reflect as one of the finalists.

Isabella is a full-time student at Mountain Creek State High School and said she has always had a passion for art and photography.

“I feel extremely privileged to be announced as a finalist of the Sunshine Coast Art Prize New Media category,” she said.

“I would like to thank my art teacher, Ms Jefferson, for her guidance and encouragement.
“I am very grateful that my artwork is going to be exhibited at Caloundra Regional Gallery.

“It is such an amazing experience and hopefully it will lead to further opportunities for me as I finish my final year at school.

“My body of work Reflect consists of a triptych of photographs. My aim was to take objects that we often do not appreciate and celebrate them by revealing their intrinsic beauty. Items such as alfoil, cling wrap and an installation pipe were photographed for my final piece.

“At a first glance it may be hard to distinguish the materials, as through exploration of the objects their obvious form has been lost, however I hope I have exaggerated their reflective and transparent qualities through the use of light.”

This is the second recognition that Isabella has received in 2014. Earlier this year the aspiring artist was awarded an excellence award in the Creative Generations program and her artwork will be displayed at Gallery of Modern Art in 2015.

Isabelle added if she was to be announced the winner of the Art Prize and to be recognised as a young emerging artist it would encourage me to pursue my creative passions and turn them from a hobby into a potential career.”

The prizes for the New Media category are valued at $15,000 and include:
• $2,500 cash presented by Analogue Digital
• $3,000 mentorship for a chosen applicant presented by Earth Base Productions to assist and develop the emerging artists practice
• $2,500 public art project and mentoring for a selected entrant, presented by James Birrell Design Lab
• in-kind design and web promotional advice provided by Analogue Digital for a selected entrant and the opportunity to showcase at Analogue Digital Brisbane 2015 for a selected applicant, valued at $2,500
• a public exhibition of the artist’s work at a venue to be determined supported by Caloundra Regional Gallery staff, valued at $2,000
• a four week residency at The Old Ambulance Building Nambour followed by an exhibition at Ground Zero Gallery.

For full details about the prestigious Sunshine Coast Art Prize visit Council’s gallery website -

Caloundra Regional Gallery is owned and operated by the Sunshine Coast Council. Located at 22 Omrah Avenue, the Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm.