the churchie emerging art prize
27 May–19 August 202327 May–19 Aug 2023
Since its inception at Brisbane’s Anglican Church Grammar School in 1987, the churchie emerging art prize has showcased new talent. Today, it is one of Australia’s leading art prizes for emerging art. Since 2019, the Institute of Modern Art has presented the finalists’ exhibition.
Curated by Sebastian Henry-Jones (from West Space, Melbourne), this year’s edition features work by thirteen finalists from across Australia and explores the theme of ‘context’.
Our judge, Tara McDowell (Associate Professor and Director of Curatorial Practice, Monash University, Melbourne) awarded the Major Prize to Joel Sherwood Spring ($15,000 from BSPN Architecture), a special commendation to Debbie Taylor Worley ($5,000 from Fardoulys Constructions), and two further commendations to Alrey Batol and Ash Tower ($1,000 each from Madison Cleaning Services).
Gallery visitors are invited to cast their vote in the People’s Choice Award ($3,000, also from Madison Cleaning), awarded at the end of the exhibition. One lucky voter will win a two-night stay courtesy of Spicers Retreats.
- Sebastian Henry-Jones
Sebastian Henry-Jones’ curatorial approach is led by an interest in DIY thinking. He looks to centre the needs, ideas and requirements of those that he works with, and so his practice is informed by striving for a personal ethics with sincerity, honest communication, learning, and poetry at its core.
Sebastian is Curator at West Space, having worked as a Curatorial Assistant for the 22nd and 23nd editions of the Biennale of Sydney, NIRIN and rīvus. Sebastian has staged group exhibitions and independent projects across the East Coast of the continent. He is a co-founder of DIY and experimental arts platforms Desire Lines and Emerson, and former editor at Runway Journal. Seb graduated with a Masters of Art Curating in 2018 from the University of Sydney, and is currently based in Narrm/Melbourne.