Tenth Anniversary Sunshine Coast Art Prize launched in style
  • Monday 30 March 2015

A long lunch beneath a canopy of strangler figs in Bill Venardos Park at Caloundra yesterday was a great way to start the 10th Anniversary of the Sunshine Coast Art Prize while also raising funds to support Headspace Maroochydore.

Before the sold out event, Mayor Mark Jamieson officially launched this year's awards at the adjacent Caloundra  Regional Art Gallery, announcing nationwide entries were now open for the prestigious prize.

“The Sunshine Coast Art Prize has achieved national acclaim for its annual representation of contemporary Australian art and offers opportunities within painting, new media (including animation, videography, street art and more), photography, public art, environmental art, sculpture and more,” he said.

“In 2015, Council is sponsoring four categories including a Two-Dimensional (2D) Award, New Media Award, Sunshine Coast Landscape and Wildlife Photography Prize and the Sunshine Coast Inaugural Environment Art Award.”

Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said the 10th Anniversary of the Sunshine Coast Art Prize would partner with key regional visual art organisations and awards, offering combined prizes in excess of $125,000.

“In 2015, the Sunshine Cost Art Prize will become a trigger for a proposed cultural philanthropy program, still being developed, for the region," Cr Dwyer said.

"As a kick start, $10 from every ticket sold at yesterday’s Art Prize launch event was donated to Headspace Maroochydore in an effort to support the development of art projects for young people with mental health issues here on the Sunshine Coast.

“More broadly, there is no doubt that our region is earning a reputation for its love of the arts.

“In 2015, by partnering with  well-known and loved awards such as the Eumundi Sculpture Prize, led by Eumundi Foundation; Sculpture On The Edge, led by Arts Connect Inc; the Kenilworth Painting Prize and Kenilworth Trophy Art Competition, both led by Kenilworth Arts Council; the Friends of Caloundra Regional Gallery Local Artists - Local Content Art Prize; The Holmes Art Prize; Suncoast Clayworkers Spring Fever, the month of March will mark the start of   a region-wide celebration of visual arts of the greatest quality and diversity.

“The Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2015 two dimensional award provides a distinguished contribution to both the local and the national art calendar and culminates in an exhibition of the 40 finalists at Caloundra Regional Gallery from August 20 to October 11.”

Sunshine Coast Art Prize online entries for some categories close 5pm on Monday, May 4.

For more details on the Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2015, visit council’s gallery website.