The tidal.20: City of Devonport National Art Award attracted 162 entries, one of the highest number of entries in the Award’s history. Of these, 40 works were preselected to be included in the finalists’ exhibition by a judging panel consisting of Janet Carding, Director of Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Patrick Sutczak, Associate Lecturer in Art, School of Creative Arts UTAS and Deborah Malor, Honorary Associate, Visual Arts and Design, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery.
Convention and Arts Centre Director Geoff Dobson who said the preselection was very competitive and he congratulates the following preselected artists:
Raymond Arnold, Ashley Bird, Liz Braid, Amanda Charge, Glen Clarke, Susanna Coleman-Brown, Janine Combes, Rebecca Coote, Louise Daniels, Selena de Carvalho, Richard Dunlop, Kylie Elkington, David Hamilton, Robyn Harman, Andy Hutson, Eloise Kirk, Nigel Lazenby, Kevin Lund, Penny Mason, Nancy Mauro-Flude, Milan Milojevic, Chris Morgan, Anne Morrison, Matthew Newton, Ciara O’Meara, Joanna Pinkiewicz, Sarah Rhodes, Jasmine Kiyomi Roe-Bose, Dexter Rosengrave, Troy Ruffels, Susan Simonini, Cheryl Sims, Melissa Smith, David Stephenson, Suze van der Beek, Martin Walch, Mary Wilson, Philip Wolfhagen, Steve Woodbury and Katy Woodroffe.
The $15,000 major acquisitive award, sponsored by the Devonport City Council and the Devonport Regional Gallery Friends Committee, is open to artists who reside or have a strong connection with Tasmania. The Peoples’ Choice Award will be announced at the close of the exhibition, and the artist will receive $1,000, courtesy of One Agency Collins Real Estate.
Dobson said tidal aimed to encourage contemporary practice with strength of concept, innovation, and execution of two-and three-dimensional artwork. He said the theme was open to a range of interpretation regarding tides and living by the water, be it personal, environmental, political or of cultural nature.
The announcement of the winning artist will be made at the opening on Friday 4 December 2020. Due to social distancing measures, the opening will be by invitation only, and the exhibition will open to the public on Saturday 5 December. tidal.20: City of Devonport National Art Award Finalists Exhibition will open at the Devonport Regional Gallery, at the paranaple arts centre, on 5 December and continue until 30 January 2021.