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From its humble beginnings in the School gymnasium in 1996 to the exciting exhibition presented at the NAS gallery today, the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize (RKMAP) has grown to be a nationally and indeed internationally respected Prize.
In the tradition of this artist driven exhibition, this year we have Mikala Dwyer as our guest curator. Mikala, who also won the RKMAP in 2015 and is herself an internationally acclaimed artist, has brought together an exciting and eclectic mix of 22 established artists for the 2016 exhibition. These selected artists in turn have chosen an emerging artist to create a work to show alongside them thereby creating a unique format which encourages mentoring relationships between different generations of artists and a dialogue between their work.
The 22 established artists selected this year include some of Australia’s most innovative names in contemporary art. Mikala Dwyer commented: “Together, these artists exhibit the diversity in approach and technique, revealing the broad spectrum of work and ideas being produced in Australia at present.” They include: Daniel Boyd, Pat Brassington, Sarah Goffman, Elizabeth Pulie and Koji Ryui.
Participating artists have no limitations on their choice of media, this creates a diverse and stimulating exhibition. The main award for established artists is the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize, valued at $25,000 and sponsored by Konica Minolta. The Emerging Artist Prize is valued at $10,000 and sponsored by Redlands Parent Brett Whitford. Both winning works are acquired by the School and join its now significant and valuable collection of contemporary art. This collection has become a beneficial teaching source for the Visual Arts Department and is enjoyed by the greater Redlands Community as it is viewed around the various campuses.
We are delighted to announce the recipients of the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize 2016 awards:
The winner of the main award, sponsored by Konica Minolta, is Pat Brassington for her work Pair Bonding (2015) and the winner of the emerging artist award, sponsored by Glenburn Pastoral Company (Redlands Parent, Brett Whitford) is Jack Lanagan Dunbar for his work Vase #04, #09, #10 from the body of work: Studies in Light, Movement and Time 2015 and Kinetic Profile #04, #09, #10 from the body of work Studies in Light, Movement and Time (2015).
For any enquiries concerning the RKMAP please contact Tina Fleming 9908 6484 or via email.