From Little Things – Sunshine Coast Art Prize

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An eclectic array of work from across the country comes together at the Caloundra Regional Gallery and the creators are all vying for your vote – and a generous cash prize, as John Caruso discovers.

From now through to 10 October, you can see the crème de le crème of the art world with forty finalists all competing for the 2021 Sunshine Coast Art Prize (SCAP). 

Now in its 16th year, the flagship event attracts entries from emerging and established artists across the nation

According to Sunshine Coast Council Councillor Rick Baberowski, who holds the Sunshine Coast Art Portfolio, each year the competition attracts more entries from across Australia.

“The inclusion of so many national artists in the exhibition makes this a great showcase of art of the moment, as well as a testament to our Art Prizes standing on the Australian stage,” he said. “It’s also pleasing to see that six of the forty finalists are from the Sunshine Coast which reflects the creative talent of our region.

“These are challenging times and it’s fascinating how this exhibition provides an insight into the feeling of the creative community,” Cr Baberowski explains.

Caloundra Regional Gallery Manager Jo Duke echoed the councillor’s sentiments when it came to the nation-wide response from artists.

“The range of artworks demonstrates the breadth of contemporary 2D art in Australia right now, and it’s exciting to see some significant contemporary First Nations works in the finalist selection.

“This year’s submissions are of an exceptional standard in line with the prominence of the Sunshine Coast Art Prize as the flagship art prize for our region.”

“From exploring fragility through toilet paper to portraits captured by a stand-up comedian, this exhibition will challenge, inspire and start conversations.

“Everyone should come and see this exhibition and vote for their favourite piece in the People’s Choice category and for people that are unable to travel because of border restrictions, the artwork can be enjoyed on our website and online voting for The People’s Choice Award is open Australia-wide,” explains Jo.

Local Finalists

Miles Allen – Flaxton 

David Green – Buderim 

Jennifer Herd – Eumundi 

Peter Hudson – Maleny 

Trevor Purvis – Cooroy 

Amanda Shadforth – Alexandra Headland 

Prizes include:

Major acquisitive prize: $25,000 cash prize sponsored by Argon Law and Sunshine Coast Council.

Highly Commended prize: $5000 sponsored by the De Deyne Family.

People’s Choice prize: $2500 sponsored by Caloundra Chamber of Commerce.

Sunshine Coast Art Prize Residency: sponsored by Montville Country Cabins.

Sunshine Coast Art Prize prestige vehicle wraps: supported by Coastline BMW  

Complimentary artwork transport supported by International Art Services 

View and vote HERE

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After 30 years in radio, John now runs the Conversations IN Noosa podcast and in between being our writer, sanity checker, accounts manager, event MC, and delivery boy; he spends time with his first love, recording a daily Drive program for regional radio from home (often in his pyjamas); and presenting Saturday mornings on Hot 91.1. He has previously worked for FoxFM Melbourne, Triple M Brisbane and SeaFM, as well as managing and presenting on ABC Sunshine Coast.

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