Event ‘the churchie emerging art prize 2022'

‘the churchie emerging art prize 2022'

Professional Development Event for Educators

20 August 2022

Join IMA Education for a morning exploring the churchie emerging art prize 2022.

Discover the curriculum aligned education resources developed for the exhibition with IMA Education Manager Nadine Schmoll, to build connections with contemporary art and artists for your students.

The event includes an exhibition tour by emerging curator Elena Dias-Jayasinha and a hands-on workshop by Indigenous textile artist and ‘the churchie’ finalist Norton Fredericks.

Suitable for secondary teachers. Tea and coffee provided. Professional development certificates can be provided on request.

Please arrive at 10.15AM for a 10.30AM start.


About the Exhibition

the churchie emerging art prize, or ‘the churchie’, 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.


About the Workshop

Discover the art and science of dyeing textiles using natural sources. Norton will share his perspective on responding to place and applying a contemporary approach to materials. This hands-on workshop for teachers facilitates discussion on sustainability and the impact of the fast fashion industry on our environment.

Participants will leave with a foundational knowledge on the science behind natural dyeing and their bundled silk textile to open at a later date. Learning about the plants around us and their dye potential helps us connect to place and care for our environment on a deeper level. This workshop is designed to be easily replicable in a classroom context.


COVID-19 Advice

The IMA strongly encourages mask-wearing onsite in the galleries and for events to keep our community safe. If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or are feeling unwell, please stay home. ⁠



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.

  • Partner:

    ‘the churchie’ emerging art prize is a partnership with Anglican Church Grammar School.

Guest Info
  • Norton Fredericks

    Norton Fredericks is a queer Indigenous sustainable fibre artist based on Bullongin land, Gold Coast, who specialises in the ancient crafts of felting and botanical dyeing. Norton uses only natural fibres in his work and specialises in extracting dyes from Australian native plants.

    In his work Norton looks at sustainable materials in a different light by highlighting their materiality and creating functional art that at the end of its life is completely biodegradable returning nutrients to the soil. Inspired by his surroundings Norton’s work highlights issues of sustainability and his deepening connection to country.

    Elena Dias-Jayasinha

    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.

Norton Fredericks, Riverbend. Image courtesy of the artist.

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