Finalists Announced!

We are delighted to announce the finalists for the NOW Contemporary Art Prize.

This year saw a record number of artists submitting works. After a rigorous day of shortlisting, the judges have selected 38 artworks from a total pool of 199 entries. The selection panel for this year’s prize included Ron Ramsey (Executive Director Art Gallery Society of NSW), Robert Hollingworth (Artist and Gallery Owner) and  Bronwyn Coulston (Unit Manager – Arts and Culture, Shoalhaven City Council).  The final judging will take place at Shoalhaven Regional Gallery with the winners announced at the exhibition opening on Saturday 5th October, from 12pm.

NOW Contemporary Art Prize is the biggest art prize on the South Coast of NSW.  2019 is the fourth time the prize has been run and artists were asked to respond to the exhibition theme ‘pushes boundaries, responds to our world, is dynamic and personal’.  With entries submitted in a wide range of media, the finalists all show high levels of skills in their chosen area, and a strong engagement with the theme. 

Gallery Manager Bronwyn Coulston says:

“We were thrilled to receive entries from right across Australia, with finalists from five different states and territories.  We are especially pleased that of the finalists almost half are from the Shoalhaven and surrounding regions – a wonderful representation of the artistic talent of the South Coast.  With such a diversity of works and artists represented in this prize we know that audiences will find works that will challenge and delight.  We look forward to sharing this exhibition with our community.”

During the exhibition visitors will have a chance to vote for their favourite work and go in the draw to win a prize as well.  The People’s Choice Award will be announced on the 19th November. 

The exhibition will run from the 5th October to the 23rd November.

List of Finalists

Vanessa Barbay Day and Night (Autumn Cockatoo and Flying Fox 2011) 2019

Lee Bethel Beyond

Yvonne Boag Sewol

Katherine Boland Spotfires #1

Kurt Brereton True Map of Currarong No:14

Tom Buckland Vista (Detritus of Mars)

Karen Coull Into the forest I go - #2

John Dahlsen Interior Detail #1

Tamara Dean Endangered 16

A- F Fulgence Solo, I Am Not What You Think

Joanne Handley Untitled (Bromeliad)

Kathryn Jeanes Creek bed

Freya Jobbins 740kg

Alun Rhys Jones BECKHAM

Robyn Kinsela My Brother's Country is on Fire

Rhys Knight A Menial Existence #2

Bec Litvan To Have and to Hold, In Sickness and In Health

Julie Love How to Explain Global Warming to a Hare

Penny Lovelock A cup of tea fixes everything

Penny Mason In A Mirror

Alison McDonald MMXIX

Richard Morecroft Intersection

Wendy Moulstone Possessors of Souls

Catherine O'Donnell While you were out

Kanun Onsel "FOUR CORNERS''

Wayde Owen Pink Vanitas

Sonia Payes Transient information

Jenny Pollak Anthropocene

Francesca Richards In The Name Of The Father (Diptych)

Vicki Robinson Chance Reflections-  On Liminal Arks

Penny Sadubin 33 Things from the Sea

Kirli Saunders Intergenerational Healing - Rediscovery 

Ian Scott Phone Zombies 

Jeanette Stok Denature

Kyla Stone Grace and surrender

Jill Talbot Dora Unplugged

Stephen Tierney Optimistic

Lilli Waters Dark Matter

2019 Prizes

1st Prize - $10,000

Highly Commended - $1,000

Jervis Bay and Basin Members Prize - $1,000

Curator’s Choice Award – solo exhibition at Shoalhaven Regional Gallery in 2021

People Choice Award - $500

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