Tim Johnson curating Redlands Art Prize 2014 - Art Collector

Alex Seton, Refrain, 2012. Bianco carrara marble, 80 x 15 x 70cm. Courtesy: the artist and Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney

29 January 2014 | Renowned Australian artist Tim Johnson has been announced as the curator of the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize for 2014.

Unlike other art prizes, each year an artist is selected as a curator, responsible for selecting up to 20 established artists from Australia and New Zealand to exhibit a single work for the prize. These established artists then select an emerging artist to exhibit in the prize as well.

Johnson's selection of established artists who will exhibit in the 2014 prize are Alex Seton, Caroline Rothwell, Elisabeth Cummings, Greg Weight, Guan Wei, Ian Millis, John R Walker, Judy Watson, Kate Shaw, Ken Searle, Khaled Sabsabi, Locust Jones, Lucas Ilhein and Ian Millis, Pip and Pop, Reg Mombassa, Scott Redford, Simryn Gill, Susan Norrie, Tim Maguire and Vernon Ah Kee. Their chosen emerging artists will be announced next month.

Johnson's artistic career spans over four decades. His works are held in the collections of all of Australia's state galleries, the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra and private collections around the world. He won the Redlands Art Prize in 1999 and was the winner of last year's Paddington Art Prize.

Kate Shaw, Ferli (process), 2013. Acrylic and resin on board, 240 x 120cm. Courtesy: the artist and Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne

A guest judge for the 2014 prize was also announced. Judith Blackall, former head of artistic programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney will join the existing panel comprising Katie Dyer, curator at the National Art School, Sydney; and Redlands visual arts teachers Mark Harpley and Fabian Byrne.

This annual award now in its 18th year offers $36,000 in prize money across three categories, including $25,000 for the established artist prize and $10,000 for the emerging artist prize. Both winning works join the collection of Redlands.

Excluding the winning works, all other works exhibited in the prize will be available for purchase. The Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize 2014 runs from 11 April until 15 May, with the winning artists announced on 10 April 2014.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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