Event 'the churchie emerging art prize 2022'

'the churchie emerging art prize 2022'

Artist Talks

03 September 2022

Join us in the gallery for roving talks by exhibiting artists from the churchie emerging art prize 2022. Jacquie Meng, Daniel Sherington, Agus Wijaya, and Emmaline Zanelli will each offer an informal 20 minute presentation on their practice. ‘the churchie’ curator Elena Dias-Jayasinha will accompany the artists for this talk.

Individual talk times as below:
11.00AM – Introduction to ‘the churchie’ by Elena Dias-Jayasinha
11.10AM – Daniel Sherington
11.30AM – Agus Wijaya
11.50AM – Jacquie Meng
12.10PM – Emmaline Zanelli

the churchie emerging art prize is one of Australia’s leading prizes for emerging artists. The finalists’ exhibition provides a survey of the compelling and diverse work being produced by early-career artists today. This year’s finalists represent a broad spread of artistic concerns and mediums spanning painting, textiles, video, drawing, installation, and more.


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We are committed to making the IMA accessible to people of all abilities, their families, and carers, as well as visitors of different ages and different backgrounds.

The gallery entrance is on the ground floor of the Judith Wright Arts Centre, on Berwick Street. There is wheelchair access and an accessible toilet with baby changing facilities also located on the ground floor, and we welcome guide and support dogs.

To find out more, contact us at ima@ima.org.au, call (07) 3252 5750, or ask our friendly staff on-site. You can also read our access information for visitors here: Word Doc or PDF.

Guest Info
  • Daniel Sherington is a Meanjin/Brisbane based artist whose work critically reframes historical conventions of artmaking to better understand their contemporary connotations. His practice filters traditional processes of making with a digital means of production. Daniel’s works are often circulatory in nature, with images iterated, reworked and dispersed amongst new contexts and materials to adopt different meanings.

    Agus Wijaya is a Cianjur artist working across illustration, and graphic and motion design. Yearning to explore more personal and contemplative matter, Agus returned to artmaking six years ago.  Since then, Agus has been a finalist in the Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, the Grace Cossington Smith Art Award, and the North Sydney Art Prize. His work has been published in Australian art journals and acquired for private collections in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth. Agus showed his latest body of work in his third solo exhibition, Tata Reka, at Stanley Street Gallery in Darlinghurst.

    Jacquie Meng is a Hangzhou born artist working across painting, sound art and installation. Her work redefines diasporic cultural identity beyond national and geographical specificities, rather seeing it as unfixed. Through consideration of posthumanism, performativity, and the migration of objects and imagery between cultures, Jacquie breaks down binaries of ‘East’/’West’, real/imagined and human/ non-human. This often involves a fusing of Chinese mythology and folklore from her upbringing with memories, fictions and contemporary aesthetics.

    Emmaline Zanelli is an artist based in Tartanya, Kaurna Country/Adelaide. She uses staged imagery and layered production processes, exploring photography’s connection to concepts of fabrication and memory. Her performances and sculptures are made specifically for the camera and examine the transformative abilities of the image. These performances often depict friends and family members in dioramas, costumes and choreographed scenarios.

    Elena Dias-Jayasinha is an emerging Sri Lankan-Australian curator and art historian based in Brisbane. Her interests include the intersection of art and science, emotional perceptions of space, and the complexities of cultural identity. At the core of her practice is a belief in art as a tool to build empathy, strengthen community, and initiate change. Elena studied Art History and Japanese at the University of Queensland. She was the 2020 recipient of the Paula and Tony Kinnane Art History Scholarship and recently curated the exhibition Music of Spheres at the University of Queensland Art Museum (2020–21). Elena is currently Exhibitions Assistant at Museum of Brisbane.

Agus Wijaya, 'Homecoming', 2021, Archival pigment printing on art canvas mounted on perspex, 86cm x 142cm

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The Institute of Modern Art acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land upon which the IMA now stands, the Jagera, Yuggera, Yugarapul, and Turrbal people. We offer our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first artists of this country. In the spirit of allyship, the IMA will continue to work with First Nations people to celebrate, support, and present their immense past, present, and future contribution to artistic practice and cultural expression.