Sunshine Coast Art Prize official opening
  • Tuesday 26 August 2014

The excitement is building with the announcement of the winners in Queensland’s most significant regional art prize.

Mayor Jamieson said the Sunshine Coast Art Prize was one of Council’s major programs to support the arts and arts development on the Coast.

“Offering more than $20,000 in cash prizes, the Sunshine Coast Art Prize attracts some of the best two-dimensional contemporary and emerging artists Australia has to offer,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Now in its ninth year, this year’s Art Prize attracted almost 300 outstanding entries and respected judge Chris Saines, Director of Queensland Art Gallery, will have a very difficult task of selecting the winner.

“I invite the community to join me at the gala opening and announcement of the winner on Wednesday, August 27 from 6pm to 9pm.”

Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said Caloundra Regional Gallery was the proud home of the Sunshine Coast Art Prize and art enthusiasts could expect an eclectic exhibition of work from the 40 finalists including five local artists.

“The exhibition is on display from August 27 to October 26 and showcases artworks across disciplines such as print, photography, painting and mixed media for a powerful and vibrant show,” Cr Dwyer said.

“The winner of this two-dimensional award receives a $15,000 cash prize and an Artist in Residence placement at the beautiful Arley Farm, with their artwork acquired into the Sunshine Coast Art Collection.

“A non-acquisitive Highly Commended prize will also be awarded to the value of $2500.

“The community will have a chance to own original works of art at the Sunshine Coast Art Prize Auction on Sunday, October 26.

“Residents and visitors can also get involved by voting in the People’s Choice award for their favourite artwork. The artist who garners the most votes will be rewarded with a prize of $2,500, sponsored by the Friends Caloundra Regional Gallery Inc.

“Don’t miss out on the opportunity of getting involved in the extensive range of Sunshine Coast Art Prize public programs suitable for all ages.”

For full details on the Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2014 visit Council’s gallery website -
Caloundra Regional Gallery is owned and operated by Sunshine Coast Council and is located at 22 Omrah Avenue. The Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm.