Six local young artists selected as finalists in $15,000 art prize
  • Thursday 28 August 2014

The careers of six young emerging local artists have received a gigantic boost after being named finalists in the inaugural Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2014 New Media category.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2014 New Media category was open to any emerging local artist aged between 15 to 30 years.

“The entries included artwork such as photography, video, animation and projection with a focus on innovative digital technologies,” Cr McKay said.

“I would particularly like to thank the sponsors, Analogue Digital, the University of the Sunshine Coast, Earthbase Productions and James Birrell Design Lab, for their valuable support. Without this support we would not be able to invigorate the emerging local arts community,” Cr McKay said.

“With prizes totalling $15,000 including cash, mentorships, a residency and exhibition – this is a great opportunity to launch the careers for these young artists.”

Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said the finalists’ artworks will be exhibited at Caloundra Regional Gallery in February 2015.

“These finalists are the future of our arts industry and this opportunity is life changing for them,” Cr Dwyer said.
“I am very happy to announce the finalists for the Sunshine Coast Art Prize New Media category are Lauren Edmonds from Maleny, Conrad Gracie from Mooloolaba, Jess Doak from Highworth, Susan Bohmer from Sippy Downs, Isabella Summerfield from Buddina and Brayden Van Meurs from Wurtulla.”

The prizes for 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.

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

Sunshine Coast Art Prize Sponsors
• Friends of Caloundra Regional Gallery Inc.
• The Proost-De Deyne Family
• Analogue Digital
• Fresh PR and Marketing
• Sunshine Coast Innovation Centre
• The Old Ambulance Station
• James Birrell Design Lab
• IAS Fine Art Logistics.
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
• TAFE Queensland East Coast (formerly known as Sunshine Coast TAFE)
• Immanuel Arts Festival.
Media Sponsors
• SALT Magazine
• 92.7 Mix FM
• My Weekly Preview.

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.