The 2016 Geelong contemporary art prize (formerly, The Fletcher Jones Prize), is a biennial acquisitive award of $30,000, for contemporary painting. The award has become something of a “signature event”, which ultimately, assists with the development of the Geelong Gallery’s collection whist at the same time, highlighting Australian artists and contemporary painting practice in general.
On average the prizes elicits approximately 500 entries. For this year’s award, the shortlist features 33 works by Penelope Aitken, Robert Andrew, Xiao Bai, Kate Beynon, Warren Breninger, Hector Burton, Deidre But-Husaim, Magda Cebokli, Trevelyan Clay, Jonathan Crowther, Marieke Dench, Shaun Gladwell, Julia Gorman, Michael Gromm, Marie Hagerty, Peter Hill, Naomi Hobson, David Jolly, Col Jordan, Ash Keating, Chris Langlois, Donna Lougher, Viv Miller, Jennifer Mills, Jan Murray, John Nixon, Rosslynd Piggott, Adam Pyett, Sally Ross, Brad Rusbridge, Huseyin Sami, Kate Tucker and Jurek Wybraniec.
The selection panel for the 2016 Geelong contemporary art prize includes guest judge, Victoria Lynn (Director, Tarrawarra Museum of Modern Art) along with Jason Smith (Director, Geelong Gallery) and Lisa Sullivan (Curator, Geelong Gallery).
Exhibition: 10 September to 13 November 2016
Currently on show in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA), is an extensive survey exhibition of contemporary Indigenous art, with a raison d’etre to “introduce audiences to the central role that Indigenous art plays in the global narrative of contemporary art”.
From the press release:
“Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia surveys contemporary Indigenous art from Australia, exploring the ways in which time is embedded within Indigenous artistic, social, historical, and philosophical life. For Indigenous people, the past is understood to be part of a cyclical and circular order known as the “everywhen”; conceptions of time rely on active encounters with both the ancestral and natural worlds. While the exhibition focuses on the last 40 years of Indigenous art, it also includes historical objects from the rich collections of Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology to underscore both the continuity of cultural practice and remarkable adaptive innovations.
The exhibition showcases more than 70 works drawn from public and private collections in Australia and the United States, and features many works that have never been seen outside Australia. Works by some of the most significant contemporary Indigenous artists will be on view, including Rover Thomas and Emily Kam Kngwarray (both former representatives at the Venice Biennale); Judy Watson, recipient of the 2006 Clemenger Contemporary Art Award; Doreen Reid Nakamarra, who participated in dOCUMENTA (13); Vernon Ah Kee, who has also exhibited at the Venice Biennale, and most recently, the Istanbul Biennial; and the visual and performance artist Christian Thompson, who was recently mentored by Marina Abramović in Australia.”
On View: February 5, 2016–September 18, 2016
Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA, 02138