Sibling finalists in $15,000 new media art prize
  • Thursday 11 September 2014

The careers of seven local artists, including Jessica and Matthew Doak from Buderim, have just received a gigantic boost after being named finalists in the inaugural Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2014 New Media category.

Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2014 New Media Judge Chris Denaro, Creative Lecturer at Queensland University of Technology, selected Jessica and Matthew Doak’s joint-entry Chaos Theory as one of the finalists.

Jessica is a full-time psychology student and part-time administration officer at the University of the Sunshine Coast and Matt is a bassist for two local bands - Esoterra and Undermine the Supremacy - and also works part-time for Australia Post.

A very ecstatic Jessica Doak said Chaos Theory could be interpreted however the viewer desired.

“Matt and I wanted to create something organic and beautiful, which also incorporated slight dysmorphic harshness,” Jessica said.

“Chaos Theory is based on the balance between life and death, ying and yang, good and evil, and being able to find a balance between the two, and accepting one as being part of the other.

“We hope this piece shows the beauty of life, along with the harsh realities it encompasses. From cradle to the grave, the decisions we make determine the life we live.

“Matt and I are very proud to have been nominated as finalists, and even just to have our work shown in a gallery is an achievement in itself.

“I just can't wait to see Chaos Theory installed in the Caloundra Regional Gallery, and to be able to finally show people the result of all our hard work and sleepless nights over the three weeks it took us to complete the piece.

“To win this award would be one of the greatest artistic achievements in our lives.”

Sunshine Coast Art Prize New Media Finalists
• Lauren Edmonds from Maleny
• Conrad Gracie from Mooloolaba
• Jessica and Matthew Doak from Buderim
• Susan Bohmer from Sippy Downs
• Isabella Summerfield from Buddina
• Brayden Van Meurs from Wurtulla.

The prizes for the New Media category are valued at $15,000 and include:
•         $2,500 cash presented by Analogue Digital
•         $3,000 mentorship for a chosen applicant presented by Earth Base Productions to assist and develop the emerging artists practice
•         $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
•         a four week residency at The Old Ambulance Building Nambour followed by an exhibition at Ground Zero Gallery.

For full details about the prestigious Sunshine Coast Art Prize visit Council’s gallery website -

Caloundra Regional Gallery is owned and operated by the Sunshine Coast Council. Located at 22 Omrah Avenue, the Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm.