Gold Coast Art Prize winner announced - Art Collector

A video still from the winning artwork. Courtesy: the artists and Gold Coast city gallery.

The 2014 Gold Coast art prize has been awarded to Melbourne-based artists Sonia Leber and David Chesworth.

Now in its 46th year, the prize provides an opportunity to showcase excellent contemporary art practice from across Australia.

Leber and Chesworths’s winning piece was a video titled 'We are printers too'. It was described by 2014 judge Chris McAuliffe as “a clear winner”. The video is set in the former The Age newspaper headquarters in Melbourne and navigates past and present forms of communication technologies.

McAuliffe notes the video highlights “that the urgency of communication has shaped innovation, economies and social experience for almost two centuries … the work isn’t just an elegy for the printing press; it’s a reminder that communication is our life blood.”

The winning work has been acquired by the Gold Coast city gallery collection, alongside works by Prudence Flint, Greg Fullerton, Deborah Walker and Yao Zhang.

Acquisitions will be available for viewing at the Gold Coast city gallery between 6 December 2014 and 8 February 2015.

Larissa Bricis

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