FORTY-FOUR Australian artists have been selected as finalists in the 2014 Gold Coast Art Prize and will have their work exhibited at Gold Coast City Gallery from 6 December 2014.
The selected works represent many of the key trends in contemporary art such as urban life, landscape and environment, digital technologies and globalism.
More than 300 entries were received for this year’s award with entrants competing for a total prize pool of $30 000.
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Guest judge Dr Chris McAuliffe said that the finalists come from an incredibly diverse field, with known and unfamiliar, established and emerging, traditional and experimental artists represented.
‘I tried to connect with what each artist was pursuing; an idea, an emotion, a challenge or perhaps just the satisfaction of knowing that their piece “works,”’ said Dr McAuliffe.
‘Australian artists are internationally connected but still speak strongly of their experience of place, with many works being in response to the pace and complexity of urban life.’
‘What I think is common to all the shortlisted artists is a determination to develop their voice, to approach their art with rigour and commitment, and to share their vision with whoever cares to judge their efforts.’ said Dr McAuliffe.
An overall winner will be announced at the exhibition opening event on 6 December.
The Gold Coast Art Prize is now in it’s 46th year and is open to all Australian artists working in any media except photography.