2019 R & M McGivern Prize winner announced

Melbourne artist Nadine Christensen has been awarded the R & M McGivern Prize 2019, for her work Hang in there (2018), announced at the launch of the finalists’ exhibition on Thursday 28 November at Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery, in Ringwood, Victoria.

Inviting a dialogue about human impact, the environment, colonialism, sustainability, industrialisation, geology and ecology, this year’s theme was ‘the Anthropocene’. The prize was judged by the esteemed Charlotte Day, Director of Monash University Museum of Art; Ryan Johnston, Director of Buxton Contemporary and Penny Teale, Bunjil Place Gallery Curator.

Nadine Christensen, Hang in there, 2018, acrylic on sustainable farmed hoop pine with cedar stretcher.

The judges commented that Hang in there ‘is a technically accomplished painting that renders a collision of imagery, scale and painterly planes in a masterfully cohesive fashion. Christensen’s work reminds us that while life is fleeting and fragile, there is hope in the midst of despair. The artwork showcases the artist’s affinity with spatial deconstruction and the existential plight of humanity.’

‘The painting is a consideration of time and fragility. Human nature and the ecosystem. Ugliness and utility,’ said Christensen.

Christensen was awarded $25,000 in prize money, and her work will also become part of the Maroondah City Council Art Collection, a significant public collection of Australian art. Visitors to the exhibition will also have the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award, valued at $1000, with the winner to be announced on Friday 31 January 2020.

The exhibition includes the artwork of 45 finalists, on display at Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery and ArtSpace at Realm until Saturday 1 February 2020. The R & M McGivern Prize is a prestigious acquisitive art prize, awarded every three years for an outstanding artwork in oil, gouache, acrylic or watercolour.

The R & M McGivern Prize was established through the Will of the late Muriel McGivern, a Maroondah resident and a practising artist and writer. Muriel was a passionate supporter of the arts; she died in 2000 aged 95.

As part of the public program of events, a walking tour between the galleries and the recently launched Signal Box Art Commissions will commence at 11am on Friday 6 December at Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery.

For walking tour bookings and more information on the R & M McGivern Prize and exhibition, visit artsinmaroondah.com.au


Supporting activities and workshops

Artwalk: McGivern Prize and Signal Boxes
Friday 6 December, 11am-12pm
Meet at Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery. Free

Art and Ecology Kid’s Workshop (Ages 7+)
Sat 7 December, 2-3.30pm
Meet at Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery. $5, materials provided

Traditional Knowledge and Planetary Health – Indigenous Perspectives on the “Anthropocene”
Saturday 14 December, 2-3pm
Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery. Free