The Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize has announced the 2014 artist pairings comprised of 19 established and 19 emerging Australian artists selected to create new work for the annual visual arts prize and exhibition presented at the National Art School Gallery, Sydney.
The 18th annual Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize, established by Redlands school in 1996, offers $36,000 in prize money across three categories: established artist prize supported by Konica Minolta ($25,000); emerging artist prize supported by Allens ($10,000) and a viewer’s choice award ($1,000). Curator Tim Johnson – a former winner of the Prize in 1999 – selected the 19 established artists who, in turn, were tasked with selecting one emerging artist to present new work for the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize. The unique prize model seeks to foster mentoring relationships between different generations of visual artists.
The established and emerging artist pairings for 2014 are: Reg Mombassa and Shannon Johnson; Simryn Gill and Jumaadi; Susan Norrie and Greg Shapley; Judy Watson and Carol McGregor; Tim Maguire and Sam Harrison; Ian Millis and Alex Wisser; Lucas & Ian Ihlein/Millis Nathan Thompson; John R Walker and Lizzie Hall; Locust Jones and Robin Hungerford; Guan Wei and Justine Khamara; Kate Shaw and Mia Salsjo; Pip and Pop (Tanya Schultz) and Amy Watson; Vernon Ah Kee and Dale Harding; Ken Searle and Tjanara Talbot; Caroline Rothwell and Sarah Contos; Greg Weight and Ben Ali Ong; Khaled Sabsabi and Tom Polo; Alex Seton and Tully Arnot. In addition, Elisabeth Cummings and Dylan Quirk will each present work that is not part of a pairing.
The artist pairings encompass six decades of artist talent with the participating artists ranging in age from 23 years through to 80 years. A diverse range of mediums is presenting spanning painting, installation, sculpture, photographs, new media and works on paper.
The winners of the 2014 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize will be judged on Thursday 10 April 2014 at the NAS Gallery.
Images from left to right:
Vernon Ah Kee, Les Wotton, 2013; Amy Joy Watson, Split, 2012; Tully Arnot, Bottle Song, 2014; Alex Seton Paradise Gained, 2014