Sunshine Coast Art Prize launched for its 5th year
  • Thursday 04 February 2010

Nation-wide entries are now being sought for the Sunshine Coast Council Art Prize, with entries closing on 31 March.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said this is one of the richest art prizes in Australia.

“Now in its fifth year, the art prize has achieved national acclaim for its representation of contemporary Australian art,” she said

The winner would be exhibited at the acclaimed Caloundra Regional Art Gallery.

“This year the winner will receive $15,000 cash and a four-week Hinterland residency prize,” she said.

“The residency offers the Sunshine Coast community an opportunity to gain an insight into this artist’s work,” said Cr McKay.

Council’s Heritage and Collections Manager John Waldron said this award, for a two-dimensional art work, has consistently attracted a dynamic range of media and artists. Past winners included Shane Pickett, Tony Albert, Scott Redford and Peter Hudson.

“Every year the artists who participate are of an extremely high standard, whether they are younger emerging artists or more established professionals,” said Mr Waldron.

As with previous years, 40 finalists will be selected to exhibit. This year the award will be judged by national art critic and writer John McDonald.

John Waldron said that John McDonald is renowned for his strong views on contemporary Australian art and his decision for this year’s prize will be keenly watched.

A $25 entry fee applies. To apply online or for more details go to