Winners announced for annual signature 3D arts prize
  • Sunday 08 September 2013

You could hear a pin drop when the winners of the Sunshine Coast Art Prize 3D category were announced at Noosa Regional Gallery on 7 September 2013.

Now in its eighth year, SCAP 3D is a national contemporary non-acquisitive art prize presented by Sunshine Coast Council and attracts the best contemporary and emerging artists Australia has to offer.

The honor of judging the 2013 SCAP winners was given to Peter McKay, who has been the Curator of Contemporary Australian Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) since 2011 and was formerly the Deputy Director, Australian Experimental Art Foundation and Curator, Contemporary Art Centre of SA.

Mr McKay said it was a real honor to be invited to judge the 2013 SCAP winners.

“The Sunshine Coast Art Prize is highly regarded by artists and the arts sector nationally,” he said.

“I believe it is a significant cultural event on the Sunshine Coast and the high level of creative talent has challenged me to choose winners in the respective categories.

“It is with great pleasure that I announce the winner of $15,000 cash prize for the 2013 SCAP 3D category is Chris Howlett from Bardon, Queensland for his artwork entitled Actor 1 which peers into the new non-physical worlds that are being engineered by digital developers and further shaped by consumers and other kinds of users.

“Our online experiences — set in conditions of gaming, social platforms or media outlets — can seem distant and disconnected from the physical world. In these alternative realties we can find new freedoms to pursue our whims, interests and desires.

“Howlett’s puddle of melted ice-cream around a cone, is less derived from reality and more an echo the kind of digital object found in a virtual world.

“His subject relates to how these two worlds — one tangible and the other synthetic — interact and influence each other and to whose benefit.

Mr McKay awarded the SCAP 3D Highly Commended prize to Noosaville local, Lisa Brummel for her Raku fired ceramic pot entitled Creation.

“Lisa receives a $2500 cash prize for her vessel which makes an elegant play her conical form, rhythmic triangular design, and the unique colours and textures of the Raku firing process,” he said.

“The chemical changes that take place between the minerals in glazes under high temperatures can provide remarkable — and often unexpected — aesthetic qualities.

“Given the theme of volcanic ruptures and the transformations to the landscape that molten lava brings, Lisa Brummel’s work demonstrates a wonderful synergy between and understanding of nature, culture, chance and knowledge.”

The community can get involved in this year’s SCAP by visiting the exhibition and voting for their favourite artist in the People’s Choice awards. The artist who garners the most votes from visitors to the gallery will be rewarded with a prize of $2500, sponsored by Friends Noosa Regional Gallery.

The SCAP 3D exhibition will be on display at Noosa Regional Gallery located at Riverside, Pelican Street until 20 October 2013 and is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Visit council’s gallery website for information about the great range of SCAP 3D public programs including family fun days on 8 September and 13 October.