Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2017 finalists announced
  • Friday 19 May 2017
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Forty finalists have been revealed in the Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2017.

The finalists, chosen from a high calibre field of 461 entries, will be showcased in the Sunshine Coast Art Prize exhibition at Caloundra Regional Gallery from August 17 to October 8, with the winner to be announced at the official exhibition opening on Thursday, August 31.

The winner of the acquisitive art prize will receive a $25,000 cash prize, once again sponsored by Audi Centre Sunshine Coast and Sunshine Coast Council.

Arts Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said the well regarded art prize had attracted entries from some of Australia’s best contemporary and emerging artists.

“The profile of the Sunshine Coast Art Prize continues to gather momentum each year and it is now amongst the nation’s leading regional art awards,” Cr Baberowski said.

“This year we received entries from several established artists with strong national and international profiles, including Richard Bell, Robert Owen and Daniel von Sturmer, as well as many respected, mid-career artists including Raquel Ormella, Tim McMonagle and Helga Groves, all of whom were selected as finalists.

“It’s also gratifying to see we have two local finalists this year, Joseph Daws and Jennifer Herd.

“There were also many first-time entries which is important and demonstrates the art prize’s growing reputation and appeal to a new generation of contemporary artists.

“Shortlisting 40 finalists from so many high quality entries was and should be a challenging task, but the result is an exhibition that is a great experience and genuinely reflective of contemporary 2D arts practice in Australia.”

Step into an always stimulating exhibition of contemporary art from August 17 or preview the 40 finalists artworks online by visiting the gallery website.

The Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2017 will be judged by the very experienced Angela Goddard, director of Griffith Artworks, Griffith University Art Collection and the Griffith University Art Gallery.

The art prize offers a prize pool of more than $30,000 in cash and prizes including:

  • An acquisitive major prize of $25,000 cash sponsored by Audi Centre Sunshine Coast and Sunshine Coast Council;
  • A non-acquisitive Highly Commended prize of $5000 sponsored by the De Deyne family;
  • A non-acquisitive People’s Choice prize of $2500 sponsored by Caloundra Chamber of Commerce;
  • A Sunshine Coast Art Prize Residency sponsored by Montville Country Cabins and Caloundra Regional Gallery.

The winning artwork of the Sunshine Coast Art Prize is acquired into the Sunshine Coast Art Collection and displayed either in council’s public buildings or as part of future exhibitions.

Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2017 finalists:

Samara Adamson-Pinczewski (VIC)

Paul Bai (QLD)

Richard Bell (QLD)

Chris Bennie (QLD)

Jeremy Blincoe (VIC)

Julie Bradley (ACT)

Aaron Butt (QLD)

Anna Carey (QLD)

Samuel Condon (VIC)

Matt Coyle (TAS)

Sam Cranstoun (QLD)

Gerwyn Davies (NSW)

Joseph Daws (Sunshine Coast)

Mark Dean (QLD)

Shoufay Derz (NSW)

Helfa Groves (VIC)

Lyndal Hargrave (QLD)

Jennifer Herd (Sunshine Coast)

Naomi Hobson (QLD)

Owen Leong (NSW)

Ross Manning (QLD)

Abbey McCulloch (QLD)

Tim McMonagle (VIC)

Julian Meagher (NSW)

Robert Moore (NSW)

Kent Morris (VIC)

Nicola Moss (QLD)

Catherine O’Donnell (NSW)

Raquel Ormella (NSW)

Halinka Orszulok (NSW)

Robert Owen (VIC)

Bundit Puangthong (VIC)

Paul Ryan (NSW)

Tania Smith (VIC)

Jacqui Stockdale (VIC)

Mark Titmarsh (NSW)

Daniel von Sturmer (VIC)

Victoria Watts (VIC)

Stephanie Wilson (VIC)

Paul Yore (VIC)

For more information on all of the wonderful exhibitions and programs happening at the gallery throughout 2017, visit the

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Owned and operated by Sunshine Coast Council, Caloundra Regional Gallery is located at 22 Omrah Avenue and is open Tuesday to Friday 10am - 4pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am - 2pm.