Winners announced for annual signature T3 arts prize
  • Sunday 08 September 2013

There was an air of excitement at Sunshine Coast Council’s Butter Factory Arts Centre with the highly anticipated announcement of the 2013 SCAP T3 winners.

Division 12 Councillor Tony Wellington said SCAP T3 was open to all tertiary students living or studying on the Sunshine Coast and offered a $3,000 prize in each of the 2D and 3D categories.

“SCAP T3 is a showcase of the region’s emerging tertiary artists and this year’s competition drew 64 entries,” he said.

“The aim of the prize is to promote local talent and at the same time raise awareness of the creative educational opportunities on the Coast.

“It gives me great pleasure in announcing the winner of the $3000 cash prize in the SCAP T3 2D category is Jaala Alex from Noosa Heads for her artwork entitled Conversations with my Family.

“Zoe Martin from Tewantin was awarded $3000 as the winner of the SCAP T3 3D category for her very creative installation aptly called Voting Booth.

“I congratulate the winners and all the exhibitors in SCAP T3, and I look forward to seeing more from these creative individuals in the future.

“I encourage the community to get involved by visiting the SCAP T3 exhibition before October 5 and voting for their favourite artist in the People’s Choice awards. The student who garners the most votes from visitors to the gallery will be awarded a prize of $500.”

2013 SCAP judge Peter McKay, Curator of Contemporary Australian Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) said he was extremely impressed with the high calibre of Sunshine Coast’s emerging tertiary artists.

“I selected Jaala Alex’s artwork as the winner of the SCAP T3 2D category as her photography in her artwork is subtle and sophisticated in its use of light, colour and texture,“ he said.

“The bodies featured in these compositions, abstracted through cropping, emphasize the rudimentary interaction between skin modulated by bones and muscle. In so doing, these considered works invite reflection on the vulnerability and transience of the human experience.”

Peter McKay said as a judge it is difficult to choose only one winner but Zoe Martin’s artwork Voting Booth really stood out for me in the SCAP T3 3D category.

“In her installation, the act of voting provides a participatory element that draws attention to our social and political environments,” he said.

“In her artwork, voting becomes a framework by which we can cast our opinions about art and, in so doing, emphasises the active role of audiences in cultural exchange. It can appear that audiences sometimes forget or ignore the powers that they have to shape their world — however the line of questioning that Zoe Martin pursues here invites reflection upon the influence of the individual.”

The Butter Factory Arts Centre is located at 10 Maple Street Cooroy and open Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and Saturday 10am to noon. For bookings to attend the SCAP T3 public programs visit council’s website or call the Butter Factory Arts Centre on 5454 9050.