Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2011 now calling for entries
Nation-wide entries are now being sought for the prestigious Sunshine Coast Art Prize (SCAP), with entries closing on 31 March.
Now in its sixth consecutive year, SCAP has achieved national acclaim for its annual representation of contemporary Australian art.
Community Policy and Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said SCAP was one of the richest acquisition art prizes in Australia.
"With a total of $26,000 in prize money this year's winner will receive $15,000 cash and a four-week residency prize valued at $5,000," she said.
"The residency not only provides a fantastic opportunity to work in a unique environment but offers the Sunshine Coast community access and insight into this artist's work."
SCAP is supported by the Sunshine Coast Council to encourage artistic excellence and to bring quality artwork to a regional audience.
Council's Cultural Heritage and Collections Manager, John Waldron said this award provides a distinguished contribution to the national art calendar, attracting talented artists from around the country to enter contemporary 2D art.
"Every year this 2D art prize attracts a dynamic range of media and artists," he said.
"The artists who participate, whether they are younger emerging artists or more established professionals, consistently produce an extremely high standard of art work."
A selection of 40 finalists will be chosen to exhibit at the Caloundra Regional Gallery from 6 July to 11 September. This year the award will be judged by Maura Reilly, curator of Global Feminisms and newly appointed Professor of Art Theory, Queensland College of Art.
In addition to the top prize, other prizes include:
* A 'Highly Commended' Award to go to the runner up, consisting of a promotional package to the value of $3,545 -- sponsored by 3E Innovative
* The Six Degrees People's Choice Award, with a cash prize of $2,500, to be provided to the artist who garners the most votes from visitors to the gallery.
Entries close on 31 March and a $25 entry fee applies. To apply online or for more details visit www.scap.org.au
The Sunshine Coast
Art Prize 2011
6 July--11 September 2011
The Sunshine Coast Art Prize is a national painting and 2D art prize. An acquisitive prize valued at $25,000 and includes an artist residency in Maleny on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. The exhibition of forty finalists is a showcase of contemporary 2D practice by leading local and national artists.
SCAP Website: www.scap.org.au
Caloundra Regional Gallery
OPEN: Wednesday to Sunday, 10.00am--4.00pm
Free entry, all welcome
Caloundra Regional Gallery, Caloundra
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