Emerging young artists invited to enter Sunshine Coast Art Prize New Media category
  • Thursday 10 April 2014
Beau Deeley, Statera Planetarum (detail), 2012, digital media.

 Entries are now open for the inaugural Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2014 New Media category, presented by Analogue Digital and the University of the Sunshine Coast with prizes valued at $12,500.

This exciting New Media category is open to any emerging artist aged 15 to 30 years, in the first five years of their practise, residing in the Sunshine Coast Local Government Area.

Prizes for the New Media category include:

  • $2,500 cash
  • a mentorship from Earthbase Productions valued at $3000
  • a $2,500 public art project and mentoring for a selected entrant, presented by James Birrell Design Lab
  • in-kind design and web promotional advice provided by Analogue Digital for a selected entrant and the opportunity to showcase at Analogue Digital Brisbane 2015 for a selected applicant, valued at $2,500
  • a public exhibition of the artist’s work at a venue to be determined supported by Caloundra Regional Gallery staff, valued at $2,000.

While young people are at the Raw Sounds Festival on Friday, April 4 at Lake Kawana Community Centre they can check out the Sunshine Coast Art Prize New Media digital animation workshop and live showcase and street art workshop from 5pm to 8.30pm. They will use the latest technology and capture their own animated footage and then upload it to social media and can also take home their own street art creation.

The New Media category closes on June 9, with an application fee of $20 for any two dimensional new media artwork including photography, video, animation and projection with an emphasis on innovative digital technologies.

Ten finalists will be selected and receive the honour of having their pieces exhibited at the Caloundra Regional Gallery in February 2015.

The Sunshine Coast Art Prize, now in its ninth year and produced by Sunshine Coast Council, has achieved national acclaim for its annual representation of contemporary Australian art.

The Sunshine Coast Art Prize continues to attract work from some of the best contemporary and emerging artists our nation has to offer. The main prize is open to any Australian resident working in Australia in a two dimensional (2D) medium, with the winner receiving $15,000 and an artist residency at the wonderful Arley Farm Maleny.

The award provides a distinguished contribution to the national art calendar and culminates in an exhibition of the 40 finalists at Caloundra Regional Gallery from August 27 to October 26.

A selection of the finalists’ entries will also be available for purchase on the final day of the exhibition at the Sunshine Coast Art Prize Auction which will be held on Sunday, October 26 at 2pm.

In addition to the top Sunshine Coast Art Prize awards, other prizes include:

  • A non-acquisitive ‘Highly Commended’ prize of $2,500 presented by the Proost-De Deyne Family
  • A non-acquisitive People’s Choice prize of $2,500, presented by the Friends of Caloundra Regional Gallery Inc., which will be awarded to the artist who receives the most votes from visitors to the Sunshine Coast Art Prize exhibition.

Sunshine Coast Council gratefully acknowledges the following supporters of the Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2014.


  • Friends of Caloundra Regional Gallery Inc.
  • The Proost-De Deyne Family
  • Analogue Digital
  • Fresh PR and Marketing
  • James Birrell Design Lab.

Minor Sponsors

  • Tamarind Spicers
  • Rumba Resort
  • Red Chair Productions
  • Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance
  • Arley Farm
  • Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd
  • Positive Solutions
  • University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery
  • Arts Connect Inc.
  • Earthbase Productions
  • Beachcomber On The Spit, Mooloolaba
  • Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce
  • Regional Development Australia
  • Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance
  • Sunshine Coast TAFE
  • Immanuel Arts Festival.

For more details visit council’s gallery website - www.gallery.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.