Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize
The 2015 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize opened on 25 March with a large audience of over 900 in attendance to hear the winners announced. The main prize was judged by Lisa Havilah, Director of Carriageworks and Mark Harpley, Visual Arts Coordinator, Redlands, and was awarded to Mikala Dwyer for her Untitled work. The award for emerging artist went to Coen Young for his work, Study for a mirror 1, Study for a mirror 2 and was judged by Judith Blackall, Curator NAS Gallery and Fabian Byrne, Visual Arts teacher, Redlands. The exhibition is being held, in conjunction with our partners the National Art School in Darlinghurst, at the NAS Gallery until 23 May.
Guest Curator Tim Johnson, who won the Prize in 1999, has personally invited 21 leading Australian contemporary artists to participate in this year's exhibition. These include Shaun Gladwell, Mikala Dwyer, Fiona Foley, Joshua Yeldham, Maria Fernanda Cardoso and Raquel Ormella.
They in turn have each selected an "emerging" artist to participate in the Prize. This unique combination invariably produces a vibrant, challenging and edgy exhibition.
The Major Prize ($25,000) is generously sponsored by Konica Minolta and from this year, the Emerging Artist Prize ($10,000) will be sponsored by the Glenburn Pastoral Company (Brett Whitford). The two winning works are acquisitive and will become part of Redlands teaching collection.
For any enquiries about the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize 2015, please contact David Day at the Redlands Foundation Office on 02 9968 9858.
L: Untitled by Mikala Dwyer; R: Study of mirror 1, Study of mirror 2 by Coen Young