The 2019 Guirguis New Art Prize finalists announced

In its fourth iteration, the $20,000 biennial Guirguis New Art Prize (GNAP) presents sixteen finalists: Benjamin Armstrong (VIC), Amanda Jane Davies (TAS), Janet Fieldhouse (QLD), Caroline Garcia (NSW), Marie Hagerty (ACT), Matt Hinkley (VIC), Naomi Hobson (QLD), Laresa Kosloff (VIC), Grace Lillian Lee (QLD), Shirley Macnamara (QLD), Karen Mills (QLD), Claudia Moodoonuthi (QLD), Raquel Ormella (NSW), Nicola Smith (NSW), Neridah Stockley (NT), and Tricky Walsh (TAS).

Reflecting a myriad of historical and contemporary influences, GNAP19 artists explore ideas ranging from Australian cultural and social history, self-portraiture, identity and transformation, to a humorous perspective on skullduggery and office culture, to theories surrounding the fourth dimension, expressed through video, painting, textiles, ceramics, sculpture and installation.

Yhonne Scarce, The More Bones the Better, 2016, installation view, six medical beakers, tubing and hand blown glass, dimensions variable. Winner GNAP17. Collection: Federation University Australia

The Guirguis New Art Prize is generously sponsored by local surgeon Mark Guirguis, administered by Federation University Australia and presented in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

The GNAP19 $20,000 winning artist will be announced at the formal exhibition opening at the Art Gallery of Ballarat on Friday 5 April.