Finalists announced for 2022 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize
11.05.2022

Finalists announced for 2022 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize

Katherine Hattam Mother Country, 2022, collage of books, charcoal and gouache on linen. Courtesy of the artist and Daine Singer, Melbourne

28 works by leading and emerging Australian artists have been shortlisted for the 2022 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize.

Located in the heart of Geelong, the Geelong Gallery has announced 28 works by leading and emerging Australian artists have been shortlisted for the 2022 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize – a $30,000 acquisitive award and biennial exhibition that showcases the best of contemporary Australian painting practice.

Selected from over 400 entries from around the country, this year’s finalists are Clara Adolphs, Benjamin Armstrong, Darcey Bella Arnold, Chris Bond, Stephen Bram, Renee Cosgrave, Greg Creek, Sarah crowEST, Ann Debono, Lucy Fahey, Janet Forbes, Katherine Hattam, Naomi Hobson, Anna Hoyle, Dane Lovett, Fiona McMonagle, Jordan Marani, Sam Martin, Jennifer Mills, Tully Moore, Tom Polo, Victoria Reichelt, Steven Rendall, Brian Robinson, Huseyin Sami, Georgia Spain, Judith Van Heeren and Alice Wormald.

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The 28 shortlisted works for the 2022 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize reflect the sophistication and rich diversity of contemporary Australian painting, featuring a number of artists who will be exhibited for the first time in Geelong Gallery’s acclaimed painting prize, alongside artists whose practices will be well-known to audiences.

Collectively, the stylistic approaches and thematic range of the 28 shortlisted artists reflect the currency and relevance of painting today.

 

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The selection panel for the 2022 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize includes University of Melbourne Senior Academic Programs Curator, Museums & Collections, Kyla McFarlane, McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery Director, Lisa Byrne, and Geelong Gallery Senior Curator, Lisa Sullivan.

Since the late-1930s, the Gallery has awarded acquisitive prizes variously for paintings, watercolours and prints, sponsored by a variety of individuals and corporate supporters, with the Geelong Contemporary Art Prize becoming a signature event that showcases the diversity and excellence of Australian contemporary painting practice.

Through these prizes, the Gallery has amassed an exceptional representation of Australian paintings whilst supporting contemporary practitioners, including works by Diena Georgetti (2021), Andrew Browne (2018), Kate Beynon (2016), Rob McHaffie (2014), Paul Ryan (2012), Tim McMonagle (2010), Nadine Christensen (2008), Sam Leach (2006) and Juan Ford (2004).

Congratulations to all shortlisted artists! The recipient of the $30,000 acquisitive 2022 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize will be announced on the evening of Friday 15 July.

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