Winner of Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2010 announced
  • Thursday 26 August 2010

The winner of the prestigious Sunshine Coast Art Prize (SCAP) will be announced tomorrow night (Thursday 26 August) at the Caloundra Regional Gallery at 6.30 pm.

SCAP, which has garnered national acclaim for its annual representation of contemporary Australian art, has yet again attracted the interest of many of the country’s best artists, with well over 400 entries received.

Members of the public have the opportunity to enjoy the exhibition of the 40 SCAP finalists’ art work until 4 October.

Nationally-renowned art critic and writer John McDonald will decide the ultimate winner of SCAP 2010, which, with a $20,000 cash and residency prize, is one of the highest-valued regional art prizes in Australia.

Gallery Manager John Waldron said this year’s entries comprise a truly outstanding exhibition for the Caloundra Regional Gallery.

“Having appreciated the excellence of previous years’ SCAP entries, I was delighted to see the quality of the 2010 art work really raise the bar, demonstrating remarkable beauty, creativity and originality,” Mr Waldron said.

“I certainly do not envy this year’s judge’s role in critiquing and reviewing these paintings to determine just the one winner.”

A number of the Sunshine Coast’s finest artists were selected as finalists, including Anita Pettinato, Miles Hall, Peter Hollard, Cezary Stulgis, Kevin Oxley, Rex Backhaus-Smith and Pam Walpole.

A People’s Choice Award will go to the artist who garners the most votes from visitors to the gallery, which will exhibit the SCAP finalists until 4 October. There is also a Children's Choice Award, with an art pack for the winning child. All SCAP art works are for sale, with the exception of the winning work. During the Sunshine Coast Art Prize, the gallery is open every day from 10 am to 4 pm. Entry is free.

SCAP is funded by the Sunshine Coast Council to encourage artistic excellence and to bring quality artwork to a regional audience for general public to attend.

For more information visit www.scap.org.au or call the gallery on (07) 5449 5340.