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Togart Contemporary Art Award 2013

BY Chan Contemporary Art Space | 20-Aug-2013
Bringing together artworks from all cultural backgrounds the Togart Award provides a fascinating insight into what is happening in the rich artistic environs of the Top End and the Northern Territory region. Togart is open to all artists who have based their practice within the northern regions of Australia or whose work demonstrates a strong connection to the North. The Award has attracted a diverse and strong field of established and emerging artists from Darwin, Victoria, South Australia, NSW, Western Australia, Queensland plus the Northern Territory. 25 Indigenous and 21 Non-Indigenous artists have been selected as finalists for this year’s Award, the largest field in the Award’s nine year history.
Venue: Chan Contemporary Art Space
Address: State Square, Darwin, NT 0810
Date: Tuesday 17th September to Friday 18th October
Time: Tues - Fri 10am - 4pm, Sat - Sun 10am - 3pm
Ticket: Free
Web: http://www.chancontemporaryartspace.org.au/
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Katie Saunders, My Body is a Vessel, oil on linen

With a total prize pool of $20,000.00 the Award celebrates the diversity that makes up art from remote and Northern regions of Australia – from Indigenous to non-Indigenous artwork; it showcases the best contemporary art from across a range of art practices. The winner of the Togart Contemporary Art Award 2012 will receive a cash prize of $15,000. The Togart People’s Choice Award winner will receive a cash prize of $5,000. The panel that selected the finalists include: Franchesca Cabillo, Senior Advisor to the National Gallery of Australia, Felicity Green, Togart Award Manager, Maurice O’Riordon, Editor of Australian Art Monthly and Dr Sarah Scott, Senior Arts Lecturer at The Australian National University.

Each artist brings their unique vision and the finalists reflect a wonderful diversity of contemporary styles and mediums, including painting, photography, sculpture, fibre and digital mixed media works. ‘One of the things that I’m most proud of is that we are able to support and promote excellence in artistic endeavor – each year we have a strong field of artists enter our Award, this year we have some new artists to the Award and of course, some returning. We have seen many of our finalists achieve national and international recognition and I’m delighted that Sally Gabori, last year’s Togart Award winner will represent Australian in the Venice Biennale, says Ervin Vidor, AM, Executive Chairman, Toga Group. Togart Contemporary Art Award embraces cultural diversity and the Award has been a spring-board for national recognition of remotely located artists.

Many of the finalists have gone on to find gallery representation, to present solo shows throughout Australia and to have their work in national collections, both private and public. The full list of shortlist artists follows. The Togart Contemporary Art Award 2013 exhibition will be open to the public from Tuesday 17 September until Friday 18 October in the Chan Contemporary Art Space, State Square, Darwin. Entry is free. Open Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 4pm, Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 3pm.