The 2017 Bluethumb Art Prize is a continuation of our mission to connect artists with art lovers. Back in 2009, we didn’t want Australia to have to wait until our artists made it into a gallery to discover their stories, and so Bluethumb was born. Now in 2017, we’re going one step further with great exposure and a $10,000 prize for the best Bluethumb profile picture.
The 2017 Bluethumb Art Prize is open to all Australian artists. The artwork can be realistic, abstract, a landscape, self-portrait… anything really, as long as it's a signature piece that represents you and your style.
How will you raise your profile with artistic self-expression? Your best feature? Your secret place? Your alter ego?
80cm (W) x 80cm (H)
79cm (W) x 79cm (H)
Leigh Robb is the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Previously she worked as the Curator at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA); Thomas Dane Gallery, London; and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice. Robb undertook her BA in Art History & Psychology at the University of Queensland, Brisbane and her Masters in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Robb has curated numerous solo exhibitions of artists including Tracey Moffatt; Richard Bell; John Gerrard; Thomas Rentmeister; Jeppe Hein; Tarryn Gill & Pilar Mata Dupont; Erin Coates; Consuelo Cavaniglia, as well as international group exhibitions including Dead Ringer; What I see When I look at Sound; One Place After Another: AC4CA; First Amongst Equals (Part I & II); and Love of Diagrams. Her curatorial collaborations include Alternating Currents - Japanese Art After March 2011 and Hijacked III: Contemporary Photography from Australia & the UK and Epic Narratives.
Penny Griggs has dedicated her career to the arts industry. Currently the General Manager of SALA (South Australian Living Artists Festival) she has enjoyed a diverse career having worked for some of Australia's flagship arts organisations including Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC), Adelaide Festival Centre and Carclew Youth Arts Centre. She has extensive experience working on Festivals including Adelaide Cabaret Festival, OzAsia Festival, Adelaide International Guitar Festival, Come Out Children’s Festival and the Adelaide Festival. She is also a registered Civil Celebrant.
Gregory Ackland is Principal Lecturer – Visual Art, and Studio Head of Photography and Digital Media with Adelaide College of the Arts. He is an artist, interested in digital media practices, conceptual photography and the moving image. He is influenced by the history of landscape painting and philosophy, in particular how experience might be rendered in an image. He is a represented artist with Hill Smith Gallery, South Australia.
Gina Liano is a Criminal Barrister, a qualified Art Curator and mother of two. Gina is also part of a fashion dynasty she helped to build; renowned Australian designers Bettina Liano and TL Wood are her sisters. Having launched her autobiography and a shoe line, this busy barrister has somehow managed to find the time to develop a new perfume range, star in the Real Housewives of Melbourne, appear on the long-running serial Neighbours and be a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice. Gina is also an Ambassador for the Cancer Council of Victoria, a position she holds dearly due to her own battle with the disease.
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