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Annual Cliftons Art Prize announces shortlist of local emerging talent

BY Cliftons Art Prize | 29-Nov-2017
Now in its 16th year, Cliftons Art Prize is an annual competition helping raise the profile of local artists while providing new platforms for people to engage with art. The 2017 shortlist has now been revealed; 100 artists from ten cities have the chance to win one of ten $2,000 prizes, with one overall winner taking home $10,000 when the winners are revealed on Thursday 30 November.
Now in its 16th year, Cliftons Art Prize is an annual competition helping raise the profile of local artists while providing new platforms for people to engage with art. The 2017 shortlist has now been revealed; 100 artists from ten cities have the chance to win one of ten $2,000 prizes, with one overall winner taking home $10,000 when the winners are revealed on Thursday 30 November.

Cliftons Art Prize takes place across ten locations: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Auckland, Wellington, Hong Kong and Singapore.

The winners are decided by an international judging panel, and include Tim Abdallah, former National Head of ART, Menzies Art Brands in Australia, Ian Hamlin, New Zealand- based artist and former President of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, and Michael Nock, Hong Kong based artist and owner of Art Lease and Nockart Gallery.

This year’s finalist submissions have now been announced and sees a number of artists responding to the current political and environmental climate. Sydney-based artist Kim Leutwyler presents her work Katie and Chloe II: “In Australia our freedoms are limited and our love isn't always recognised. This is a portrait of my dear friends, a beautiful Sydney-based couple.”

Brisbane-based artist Jeska Valk presents Oil Slick. “Oil Slick represents one of our major environmental problems.

Every year an estimated 550 gallons of unnaturally occurring oil leaks into our oceans from which a large percentage will never be able to be removed. Our oceans are a vital part of our existence, without it humans have no chance of survival,” Valk explains.

Singapore based artist Keyon Guo presents Roots - “Roots reflects on this pain of trying to find permanence, remembering culture and even identity within an ever-changing landscape driven by rapid urbanization,” Guo explains.

Cliftons CEO Andrew Cameron explains: “I’ve always loved the idea of an open access art prize where people can respond in any way. It means we’ve seen a diverse range of works, all stunning in their own way. The calibre of the 2017 submissions is certainly high and we look forward to celebrating art, along with the winners at the ceremony.”

For a full list of shortlisted artworks please visit: http://www.cliftonsartprize.com/

The exhibition of artworks begins on 11 October 2017 across all ten venues and the awards evening follows on 30 November 2017. The exhibition concludes on 15 December 2017.

The Cliftons Art Prize nurtures artistic talent in the Asia Pacific region, offering international exposure for emerging, early and mid-career artists. Established in 2001 the annual competition is open to artists in the Asia Pacific, for works of painting, drawing or photography and is free to enter. Artists may enter at any of the ten Cliftons locations across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong.