With prize money totalling $26,000, the biennial Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award showcases outstanding art created with, on, or about paper.
The winner of the Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award 2017 of $15,000 sponsored by Tradies, is Brian Robinson from Cairns QLD with his work entitled Land Sea Sky- Charting our place in the universe (pictured below).
Judge for the 2017 Art on Paper Award, Denise Mimmocchi, Senior Curator of Australian Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales chose this work from 76 finalists. “Technically this work is incredibly sophisticated, it has a wonderful sense of the movements of the universe where land, sea and stars meet and gods mingle with figures of popular culture”.
This year the Gallery received works from 850 artists throughout Australia making it a record year for the number of artists vying for the prizes since it began in 2001. The coveted national art prize showcases outstanding art created with, on, or about paper.
The Young & Early Career Artist’s Award of $5,000 was awarded to Harriet Body for Wet Season, Dry Season 2017 (pictured above) and the Friends of Hazelhurst Local Artist Prize of $5,000 was awarded to Michelle Cawthorn for Daughter 2017 (pictured below). The installation crew also chose their favourite work which this year has been awarded to Andy Quilty for Self Portrait Studies #10. Andy will receive a 4 week residency at Hazelhurst. The People’s Choice Award of $1,000 will be announced on 3 July 2017.
The selection panel for the 2017 award, consisted of Carrie Kibbler, gallery curator, Grahame Kime, gallery art centre manager, Louisa Chircop, winner of the 2015 Art on Paper Local Artist Award and Rochelle Haley, artist and lecturer at UNSW Art & Design. This year some of Australia’s most important artists, as well as emerging artists, local artists and Indigenous artists are in the Art on Paper Award exhibition.
A diverse range of paper media features in the exhibition including pencil drawings, charcoal, ink, oil, acrylic, gouache, watercolour, three dimensional works, photography, printmaking and video.
Nominations for the People’s Choice Award of $1,000 will close on Friday 30 June. All nominations entered go into a draw to win a $100 gift voucher redeemable on goods and services from Hazelhurst.
From the artworks submitted, the following artists have had their work selected for the exhibition:
Virginia Hilyard & Sue Pedley
David Lawrey & Jaki Middleton
Abdullah M Iyhab Syed
Mumu Mike Williams
The judging for Art on Paper will take place on Friday 19 May. The judge for the 2017 Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award is Denise Mimmocchi, Senior Curator Australian Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales. The award winners will be announced at the exhibition launch on Friday 19 May at 6pm. The exhibition continues until Sunday 16 July 2017.
Image: Brian Robinson, Land Sea Sky - Charting our place in the universe, 2016. Linocut printed on paper in black ink from one block, edition 2/10