Bankwest has announced the finalists for the 2015 Bankwest Art Prize – one of Western Australia’s most generous visual arts awards for two-dimensional works of art.
Under the stewardship of Bankwest Art Curator, Ms Sandra Murray said that all 104 entries were assessed carefully by the selection panel and with a maximum of 19 finalists possible it was a highly competitive field.
The 2015 Bankwest finalists are: Merrick Belyea, Rachel Coad, Penny Coss, Rebecca Dagnall, Melanie Dare, Tom Freeman, Teelah George, Christopher Hopewell, Benjamin Kovacsy, Sonia Kurarra, Joanna Lamb, Minnie Lumai, Ben Pushman, Trevor Richards, Nicole Slatter, Alex Spremberg, Michele Theunissen, Ian Williams and Jurek Wybraniec.
The selection panel consisted of Ms Susanna Castleden (Acting Head of School and Academic Coordinator Fine Art, School of Design and Art at Curtin University), Mr Trevor Vickers (Senior Western Australian artist and winner of the inaugural Bankwest Art Prize) and Ms Sandra Murray, Bankwest Art Curator.
Bankwest Managing Director, Rob De Luca said the iconic financial institution has always been a proud supporter of the arts.
“I am excited that the 2015 Bankwest Art Prize has delivered such a strong field of finalists as it returns to recognise two dimensional works, having exhibited sculpture for the first time last year”, Mr De Luca said. “Congratulations to the shortlisted finalists, we look forward to adding the winning work to the Bankwest Art Collection towards the end of the year.”
The winning artwork becomes part of the prestigious Bankwest Art Collection; a collection of 450 works by Western Australian artists. Bankwest’s commitment to supporting the Western Australian arts community is a tradition spanning 40 years.
The winner will be announced on Tuesday 20 October, 2015 with the artist taking home $30,000. Their winning piece will become part of the prestigious Bankwest Art Collection. There will also be a People’s Choice Award, as voted by the public, to the value of $5,000.
Bankwest Art Gallery
20 October, 2015 to 12 February, 2016
Winner 2014 Bankwest Art Prize for Sculpture:
Bruce Slatter, Expedition recollection, 2014, mixed media
Bruce Slatter, Expedition recollection (detail), 2014, mixed media
Bankwest Art Collection. Photo: courtesy of the artist