Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2012 now calling for entries
  • Thursday 01 March 2012

Sunshine Coast Council today announced nation-wide entries are being sought for the prestigious Sunshine Coast Art Prize (SCAP), with entries closing on 31 March.

Now in its seventh consecutive year, SCAP has achieved national acclaim for its annual representation of contemporary Australian art.

Community Policy and Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said SCAP was one of the richest acquisition art prizes in Australia.

"With a total prize of over $50,000 this year’s 2D and 3D winners will receive $15,000 cash and a four-week arts residency valued at $5,000," Cr McKay said.

"The residency not only provides a fantastic opportunity to work in a unique environment but offers the Sunshine Coast community access and insight into this artist’s work."

SCAP is produced by the Sunshine Coast Council to encourage artistic excellence and to bring quality artwork to a regional audience.

Council’s Cultural Heritage and Collections Manager, John Waldron said this award provides a distinguished contribution to the national art calendar, attracting talented artists from around the country to enter contemporary 2D and 3D art.

"Every year this competition attracts a dynamic range of media and artists," he said.

"The artists who participate, whether they are younger emerging artists or more established professionals, consistently produce an extremely high standard of art work."

A selection of 40 finalists will be chosen from the entries submitted to the pre-selection panel.

In addition to the top awards, other prizes include:

  • Two non-acquisitive ‘Highly Commended’ prizes, each to the value of $2,500, will also be announced at the Official Exhibition
  • A non-acquisitive People’s Choice prize, to the value of $2,500, to be awarded to the artist who receives the most votes from visitors to the gallery.

Sunshine Coast’s young and emerging Tertiary students will be showcased through SCAP T3, a non-acquisitive prize that includes $3,000 for a 2D category and $3,000 for a 3D category with the application open date to be announced shortly. To apply online for SCAP or for more details visit council’s website.