Bluethumb Art Prize 18 Winners & Finalists

By Freddy Grant

About this Curation

The Bluethumb Art Prize is our annual award that aims to raise the profile of Australian artists by supporting, recognising and celebrating their incredible talent and diversity.

The 2018 prize has smashed our inaugural year’s number of entries, with more than double the entries of the Archibald Prize, including many of Australia’s best artists. Building on the overwhelming success of last year’s prize and exhibition, this year we doubled the prize money pool and introduced category awards to give more artists the opportunity to step into the spotlight.


Overall Bluethumb Art Prize: Kim Hyunji, Painless (Luke)

Photography Winner: Alice Blanch, A Shifting Stillness #4
Paper Winner: Erin Nicholls, Smoke
Canvas Winner: Kim Hyunji, Painless (Luke)
Other Media Winner: Illawanti Ungkutjuru Ken, Patupiri Wiltja
People's Choice Winner: Kim Hyunji, Painless (Luke)

About the Curator

Freddy is Bluethumb's Head of PR & Comms and part of the curatorial team. He is the lead on many of Bluethumb’s key initiatives including the Bluethumb Art Prize and our Indigenous art centre platform.

A day in the life includes coordinating art shows, projects and events, writing press releases and guest articles, and passionately promoting Bluethumb and our artists.

Freddy is also one of Bluethumb’s best customers.

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Mixed Media

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Watercolour Paint

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