Announcement of Finalists - Still: National Still Life Award 2019

Published by: Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery | 18-Jul-2019
The shortlist has been revealed for Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery's STILL: NATIONAL STILL LIFE AWARD 2019 with 56 artists selected from a record number of entries from artists all over Australia.
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The shortlist has been revealed for Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery's STILL: NATIONAL STILL LIFE AWARD 2019 with 56 artists selected from a record number of entries from all over Australia.

"Eight finalists from the inaugural Still in 2017 return to the award in 2019, demonstrating that still life remains a rich source of ideas and experimentation for Australian artists," said Cath Fogarty, Gallery Coordinator.

Selected artworks include sculpture, printmaking, installation, painting, ceramics, photography and video - highlighting the diversity and vitality of still life in Australian contemporary art practice.

The winner will receive $30,000 prize money and the winning artwork joins the Gallery's collection.

The judge for the 2019 award is the highly-respected Director of the Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) Rebecca Coates. SAM is a regional gallery recognised for its significant collection of Australian ceramics and a growing collection of outstanding contemporary Australian art.

"Among the entries, ideas about memory, consumption and over-consumption, extinction, environmental degradation, masculinity and meaning in the mundane are refracted through the traditional still life themes of vanitas and memento mori. Some finalists experiment with realism, illusion and composition, playing with still life conventions, while others gently poke fun at the sometimes earnest genre," Ms Fogarty added.

Established artists such as Gerry Wedd, Victoria Reichelt, Donna Marcus, Stephen Bird, Greg Weight and John Bokor are present in the shortlist alongside exciting newcomers and a strong showing of regional artists.

The 2019 Finalists are: Phil Alldis, Louise Allerton, Kelly Austin, Sue Bell, Stephen Bird, John Bokor, Sara Bowen, Janine Brody, Kelcie Bryant-Duguid, Fran Callen, Brett Canet-Gibson, Carol Christie, Christine Courcier-Jones, Madeleine Cruise, Fiona Currey-Billyard, Michael Cusack, Jo Darvall, Sally Davis, Rachel Doller, Kate Dorrough, Christine Druitt-Preston, Scott Duncan, Helen Earl, Michele Elliot, Ben Fayle, Sharman Feinberg, Robert Fenton, Honor Freeman, Corrie Furner, Salvatore Gerardi, Jane Gerrish, Warwick Gilbert, Myfanwy Gullifer, Andrew Hickinbotham, Sally Hook, Julie Hutchings, Susan Jacobsen, Jane James, Susan Knight and Trevor Mein, Suzanne Knight, Catherine Lane and Linelle Stepto, Marie Mansfield, Donna Marcus, Nicola Moss, NOT, Victoria Reichelt, Ignacio Rojas, Daniel Sherington, Asahi So, Stephanie Theobald, Gerry Wedd, Greg Weight, Jo White, JP Willis, Amanda Wolf, Christopher Zanko

Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery is pleased to welcome back sponsors saso creative, Moving Art and Bryant McKinnon Lawyers, along with new sponsors the Friends of the Gallery and Peace Wines.

The Still exhibition opens on Friday 20th September 2019, with the official opening on Saturday 21st September, and runs until Saturday 30th November 2019.

Still is the signature program of Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery - an Australia-wide award for artworks in the genre of still life, in all mediums, held every two years.

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