Australia's Newest Art Prize at the Edge of the World

Published by: Caroline Rannersberger | 13-May-2016
Bruny Island is a spectacular region of southern Tasmania and home to some of Australian's finest artists. It was only a matter of time before it hosted a major national art prize. The inaugural Bruny Island Art Prize is accepting entries until 30 May with the exhibition of finalists taking place on the island in September. The major prize is $10,000 (non-acquisitive).
The Bruny Island Art Prize is a celebration of Tasmania's unique culture and environment.

The prize curator, Dr Caroline Rannersberger said, "We are confident that the Bruny Island Art Prize will attract the highest quality of art from across Australia. 'Identity and environment' is a theme with global scope, whilst also resonating strongly with the Bruny Island community. We are looking forward to staging one of the most exciting painting exhibitions to have ever taken place on a small island community".

A painting prize, entrants can submit a work, maximum framed 200 x 150cm in either portrait or landscape format. The rationale encourages artists to explore innovative ways of considering identity and the environment, the two guiding principles of the prize.

Artists are encouraged to push the notions of painting and contemporary art practice in relation to these concepts.

Finalists will be judged by Jarrod Rawlins, Curator with the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Tim Burns, established Bruny Island based painter and Dr. Mary Scott, established visual artist and Senior Lecturer, Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania.

The winning entry will receive a prize of $10,000 (non-acquisitive) sponsored by Tassal. There is also a People's Choice Award: a night at the MONA Pavilions courtesy Audi Hobart.

Entries close 30 May 2016. Together with the entry form, entry requires a digital image, a CV (one page curriculum vitae) and an artist statement (no more than 300 words). The entry fee is $40.

The short listed works will be announced in early July and the prize exhibition will be held from 24 September to 2 October on Bruny Island.


Bruny Island Art Prize 2016
24 September "“ 2 October
Alonnah Hall, Bruny Island

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