2017 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize artist pairings

The complete list of participating artists for the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize 2017 has been announced, comprising 20 emerging and 20 established Australian contemporary artists, including five artist collectives and one artist duo.

Georgina Cue, Aelita, 2016, archival inkjet print, 70.6 x 100cm (framed). Courtesy and © the artist, Melbourne

Offering a total prize pool of $35,000, the Prize seeks to encourage mentoring relationships between different generations of artists by requiring the curator-selected established artists to each nominate an emerging artist to present work alongside them in the exhibition.

Kenny Pittock, Fifty found shopping lists written by people who need milk, 2016. Courtesy the artist

2017 guest curator, respected contemporary artist Callum Morton, discusses his curatorial rationale:

“I looked at the past inclusions in the exhibition and realised how many excellent artists had never been invited to show. So I decided only to invite artists that hadn’t been included before. It was also apparent that artists’ groups, or artists who worked collaboratively as a primary part of their practice, were also rarely represented in the past and so I wanted to include these practices because, for one, they have been and increasingly, are a very important part of the cultural landscape of this country and also because they tend to be excluded from the mainstream which consistently prefers the individual narrative to the collective one. Finally, I wanted to include people who had a direct connection to a younger generation through their various communities, so that the conversation between the generations might make some sense when assembled together. For instance, there are many artists included who teach at a range of tertiary institutions around the country and who have had a significant and continuing influence on successive generations of artists. This simple and inclusive structural shift means that the 2017 iteration of the Redlands Art Prize will have the largest and perhaps most diverse range of participants in its history.”

John Meade, Honeymoon Hitching Post, 2016, cast aluminium, sugar gum and pine timber, steel, automotive paint, 113 x 160 x 80cm. Courtesy the artist and Sutton Galley, Melbourne

The 20 pairings of established and emerging artists for the 2017 Prize are:
Zanny Begg + Shivanjani Lal
Damiano Bertoli + Anna Higgins
Jon Campbell + Kenny Pittock
The Barbara Cleveland Institute + Get to Work
DAMP + Pitcha Makin Fellas
Diena Georgetti + Spencer Harvie
Agatha Gothe-Snape + Ella Sutherland
David Haines and Joyce Hinterding + Niall Robb
Laresa Kosloff + Jessie Bullivant
Nicholas Mangan + Jamie O’Connell
John Meade + Jethro Harcourt
Dan Moynihan + Georgina Cue
Kusum Normoyle + Eugene Choi
Spiros Panigirakis + Marnie Edmiston
Lisa Radford + Kalinda Vary
Steven Rhall + Kate Ten Burren
Stuart Ringholt + Kara Baldwin
Daniel von Sturmer + Taree Mackenzie
Christian Thompson + James Tylor
A Constructed World + Amanda Lee Radomi

All participating artists submit a single recent work to contend for one of two prizes: the Established Artist Main Award ($25,000) sponsored by Konica Minolta for the fifth consecutive year and the Emerging Artist Prize ($10,000) sponsored by the Glenburn Pastoral Company (Brett Whitford).

The 2017 judges include; Justin Paton (Head Curator for International Art at the Art Gallery of NSW), Judith Blackall (NAS Gallery Curator), and Mark Harpley (Visual Arts Coordinator, Redlands School).

Laresa Kosloff, I can’t do anything, 2015, HD video. Courtesy the artist

The two winning artworks will become part of Redlands School’s permanent art collection, providing a valuable resource for visual arts department. Over the past two decades Redlands School has built a remarkable collection of major works by some of Australia’s most sought-after contemporary artists including past winners Pat Brassington (2016), Mikala Dwyer (2015), Vernon Ah Kee (2014), Callum Morton (2013), Ben Quilty (2012), Rodney Pople (2006), Lindy Lee (1998), Gordon Bennett (1997) and Imants Tillers (1996).Over the past two decades Redlands School has built a remarkable collection of major works by some of Australia’s most sought-after contemporary artists including past winners Pat Brassington (2016), Mikala Dwyer (2015), Vernon Ah Kee (2014), Callum Morton (2013), Ben Quilty (2012), Rodney Pople (2006), Lindy Lee (1998), Gordon Bennett (1997) and Imants Tillers (1996).

The 2017 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize will be exhibited at the National Art School Gallery (NAS Gallery), from 28 March 2017 until 20 May 2017.