Winners of Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2013 announced - Art Collector

Celeste Chandler, Lovesick7, 2012. Oil on linen on round stretcher, 70 x 70cm. Courtesy: the artist and the Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Queensland

11 September 2013 | The winners of this year's Sunshine Coast Art Prize (SCAP) have just been announced.

The winner of the award for two dimensional art, SCAP 2D, is Celeste Chandler. Her winning work
Lovesick 7, pictured above, is from a series of paintings that show the artist's face obscured by an ambiguous substance. She receives a $15,000 cash prize and her work will join the collection of the Sunshine Coast council's corporate art collection.

Chris Howlett, Actor 1 (Ice-cream Coles Polygon), 2013. Polyurethane, epoxy resin, pigment and lacquer, 49 x 8 x 49cm, edition of 3. Courtesy: the artist and the Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Queensland

The winner of the award for three dimensional art, SCAP 3D, is Chris Howlett (winning work pictured above). He describes his multimedia-based practice as one that explores fundamental questions around how new technologies impact and interact with their users. SCAP 3D is a non acquisitive award and also gives a $15,000 cash prize.

While SCAP 2D and SCAP 3D are open nationally, SCAP T3 is only open to tertiary students living or studying on the Sunshine Coast. It awards two $3,000 prizes - one to a two dimensional artwork and one to a three dimensional artwork.

The winner of the SCAP T3 two dimensional category is Jaala Alex from Noosa Heads - her winning work
Conversations With My Family is pictured below. The three dimensional winner is Zoe Martin from Tewatin for her installation Voting Booth.

Jaala Alex, Conversations With My Family, 2012. Photograph, 85.9 x 30cm. Courtesy: the artist and the Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Queensland

All of the 2013 SCAP prizes were judged by Peter McKay, curator of contemporary Australian art at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art.

The three different awards are hosted at three different regional galleries in the Sunshine Coast area. The SCAP 2D finalists exhibition is on display at Caloundra Regional Gallery until 13 October 2013. The SCAP 3D exhibition is on display at Noosa Regional Gallery until 20 October 2013, and the SCAP T3 exhibition is on display at the Butter Factory Arts Centre in Cooroy until 5 October 2013.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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