‘the churchie’ 2022 finalists announced

the churchie emerging art prize 2022 received over 400 entries from across Australia, with twelve talented artists selected by the pre-selection panel to exhibit their work at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, from 30 July to 1 October 2022.

Congratulations; Darcey Bella Arnold, Emma Buswell, Jo Chew, Kevin Diallo, Norton Fredericks, Jan Griffiths, Jacquie Meng, Daniel Sherington, Linda Sok, Lillian Whitaker, Agus Wijaya, and Emmaline Zanelli.

The annual prize is open to emerging artists from across Australia working in any visual art medium. This year’s finalists represent a broad spread of artistic concerns and mediums spanning painting, textiles, video, drawing, installation, and more.

Emmaline Zanelli, Crash Factory (video still), 2021

The finalists’ exhibition is widely recognised for identifying and profiling emerging artists on a national stage within a high-quality curated exhibition.

‘the churchie’ offers a prize pool of $25,000 with the Major Prize Winner to receive a non-acquisitive $15,000 cash prize donated by long-standing sponsor BSPN Architecture, selected by guest judge Sebastian Goldspink and to be announced on Friday 2 September.

Goldspink will also award a $5,000 Special Commendation prize sponsored by Fardoulys Constructions, and two Commendation prizes of $1,000 sponsored by Madison Cleaning Services.

Courtesy Linda Sok

A People’s Choice Award of $3,000, also sponsored by Madison Cleaning Services, will be announced at the conclusion of the finalists’ exhibition, and one lucky voter will receive a night away thanks to Spicers Retreats.

The pre-selection panel consisted of: exhibition curator Elena Dias-Jayasinha; Sophia Nampitjinpa Sambono, Associate Curator, Indigenous Australian Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art; ‘the churchie’ Coordinator Sarah Thomson; and ‘the churchie’ Committee member Ben Hugheston-Roberts.


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