North Sydney Art Prize finalists tackle the theme of sustainability

The 2019 North Sydney Art Prize showcases 115 works by local, regional and national artists scattered across varying landscapes of the  Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability in Waverton, Sydney, from the stunning Platform overlooking the harbour to the hidden tunnels and chambers underneath and surrounding parklands.

From 2 to 17 March, 25 discrete chambers and tunnel 1 have been used to accommodate 38 new media and site-specific installations, while the Mess Hall, Artist Studio and Caretakers Cottage will be filled with 38 paintings, works on paper and installations.

Julia deVille, La catastrophe, 2018, stillborn lion cub, Akoya pearl, glass, wood, 48 x 30 x 6cm

This year artists were encouraged to tackle the theme of sustainability, exploring the impact of climate change and consumerism.

Artists were required to respond to one of the following: a cultural, historical, social, or metaphorical aspect of the Coal Loader site; a physical feature of the Coal Loader such as the architecture, harbour foreshore, parklands, bushland reserve, readapted dwellings, tunnels and chambers, for example; or, address a local or global issue broadly related to the curatorial rationale (such as climate change, mass production, consumer culture, environmental, ecological, cultural, social, political, economic and/or technological sustainability, for example).

Shoufay Derz, 無 Mu (not have; without), 2018, bronze tongue, chalk sticks, dimensions variable

Finalists were selected by a panel of arts professionals, including Dr Therese Kenyon (artist, curator, arts writer and Director of Eramboo Artist Environment), Dr Kath Fries (artist, curator and Founder/Chair of the John Fries Award) and Jenny Cheeseman (Head of Curatorial at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre) and Alison Clark, Team Leader of Arts and Culture at North Sydney Council, and the North Sydney Art Prize Curator.

A public program of artist talks and free community art workshops will also be on offer throughout the exhibition.