Finalists announced for ‘the churchie’ 2019

From over 450 entries submitted, 19 artists have been selected to exhibit in the finalists’ exhibition for ‘the churchie’ national emerging art prize 2019, presented at the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) in Brisbane for the first time.

‘the churchie’ 2018 finalist: Sundari Carmody, One: all that we can see 2017, neon light, black paint, electrical components, 40 x 40cm. Courtesy the artist

The 2019 finalists are: Ronnie Allen (WA), Jordan Azcune (QLD), Caroline Garcia (NSW), Dennis Golding (NSW), Nadia Hernández (NSW), Joy Ivill (NSW), Nicolette Johnson (QLD), Mason Kimber (NSW), Tracey Lamb (VIC), Callum McGrath (QLD), Sarah Poulgrain (QLD), Gidon Sack (NSW), Kaspar Schmidt Mumm (SA), Jane Skeer (SA), Ben Soedradjit (NSW), Louise Tate (VIC), Shireen Taweel (NSW), Melanie Jame Wolf (VIC), and Min Wong (NSW).

The pre-selection panel consisted of Madeleine King (IMA Assistant Director), Tess Maunder (independent curator), Robert Andrew (artist) and Ben Hugheston-Roberts (Churchie Visual Arts Teacher).

Tess Maunder comments, ‘Contemporary Australia is best represented through its multiplicities, and the entries we received this year were representative of this layered sense of identity across the country. It was excellent to see this come through with the submitted practices.’

She continues, ‘For instance practices representing First Nations, culturally and lingually diverse perspectives sat alongside people representing a wide range of positions from the LGBTIQ+ community. These entries were not tokenistic, but instead pushed the very frameworks of the assumptions we place upon these communities. Alongside this, there was a strong focus on the return of the ceramics, the hand-made and process-based practices.’

‘the churchie’ 2018 finalist: Jimmy Nuttall, Mutual Love And Support 2017, ed. 1/2, two-channel video in loop, 16:9, colour, stereo, 16.55 mins. Photograph: Mark Sherwood. Courtesy the artist

‘the churchie’ now offers a lucrative $25,000 total prize pool to support the careers of Australia’s top emerging visual artists.

The finalists’ exhibition at IMA will run from 10 September to 21 December 2019. The overall prize winner will be awarded a $15,000 non-acquisitive cash prize sponsored by long-time supporters of ‘the churchie’, BSPN Architecture, along with two Commendation Prizes of $1,000 each (sponsored by Madison Cleaning and Painting Services) and a Highly Commended Prize of $5,000 (sponsored by Fardoulys Constructions). The People’s Choice Award of $3,000 (sponsored by Rob Whiteley of Madison Cleaning Services) will be awarded following the completion of the exhibition.