November’s Best Art Prize Exhibitions
There sure are a lot of art prizes currently underway. We’ve compiled everything in one place for you, so you can make the most of some amazing art. If you’re looking for a bit of culture in November, read on for the hottest art prize exhibitions happening now.
Redland Art Awards
16th October – 27th November. Redland Art Gallery, Bloomfield St, Cleveland QLD.
Now in its 31st year, the Redland Art Awards are a biennial competition that runs four prizes for contemporary painting. The awards are open to all Australian artists, and this year garnered more than 400 entries of a particularly high standard, making it a tough choice for the judges! Luckily, they managed to make a decision and first place was awarded to NSW artist Pollyxenia Joannou for her painting Duplicity.
Duplicity by Pollyxenia Joannou. Source: Redland Art Awards
St George Art Prize
22 October – 15th December. Hurstville Museum & Gallery, 14 Macmahon St, Hurstville NSW.
First premiering in 2010, the St George Art Awards are a significant event in the Hurstville local community, presenting a particularly important opportunity for its youth, seniors and the multicultural milieu. This year, artists were asked to seek inspiration from the theme of “reflection”, and it’s immediately evident upon flicking through the catalogue (available here) that each and every artist ran with the idea in their own unique way. Robyn Kinsela has been announced as the 2016 winner for the 2D prize, with her empathetic piece Vietnam Veterans’ Visible Silence, and Erica Izard claimed the prize for the 3D art category with her sculpture The Physics of Rain.
Vietnam Veterans’ Visible Silence by Robyn Kinsela. Source: St George Art Awards
Yering Station Art Prize
23 October – December 5. 38 Melba Highway, Yarra Glen VIC.
Growing steadily since 2001, this year marks the sixteenth annual Yering Station Art Prize for sculpture. The prize aims to foster the growth of contemporary Australian sculpture, for both emerging and established artists, and is known for finding some real diamonds within the cross section of Australian sculpture. 31 finalists are currently on display at the iconic Yering Station, and this year the judges are pleased to announce that after much deliberation the prize has gone to Bridget Nicholson for her work Hold. Voting is still open for the RACV People’s Choice Award and voters go in the draw to win a prize package that includes lunch at the winery.
JADA Art Prize
28 October – 10 December. 158 Fitzroy St, Grafton NSW.
Originally the Jacaranda Society Art Prize, a prize dedicated to varying mediums under separate sections, JADA now stands for the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award. Inaugural director Julian Faigen made the decision to specialise in drawing in 1994, recognising the need for regional galleries to develop their own identities in order to encourage diversity and reduce competition with other galleries. This year, the biennial prize has received 568 entries from all over Australia. Following tradition, the exhibition will tour several venues around Australia’s eastern seaboard in the years between competitions and can be viewed for the last time at the New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, in July 2018.
2014 Winner Emma Walker with her piece Keys Bridge in Flood. Source: Daily Examiner.