‘the churchie’ 2021 Finalists Announced News

‘the churchie’ 2021 Finalists Announced

12 July 2021

After receiving almost 500 entries, 14 finalists have been selected for the churchie emerging art prize 2021.

2021 finalists are: Akil Ahamat, Tiyan Baker, Christopher Bassi, Leon Russell (Cameron) Black, Ohni Blu, Riana Head-Toussaint, Visaya Hoffie, Kait James, Alexa Malizon, Kyra Mancktelow, Ivy Minniecon, Nina Sanadze, Jayanto Tan, and Joanne Wheeler.

Pre-selection was undertaken by this year’s curator Grace Herbert, representatives from the IMA and Churchie, and a guest artist. About the process Grace said “There was a large pool of incredibly strong applicants to this years’ prize. I feel privileged to have seen such a diversity of practice coming from emerging artists around the country.”

Artworks by the finalists will be on show at the Institute of Modern Art 9 October–18 December 2021, with the official opening and prize announcement Friday 8 October.

Thanks to generous sponsors ‘the churchie’ offers a prize pool of $25,000. The overall winner will receive a non-acquisitive $15,000 cash prize donated by long-standing sponsor, BSPN Architecture and selected by this year’s guest judge Rhana Devenport ONZM, Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA).

Rhana Devenport will also award a $5,000 Special Commendation prize sponsored by Fardoulys Constructions, and two Commendation prizes of $1,000 sponsored by Madison Cleaning Services.

At the conclusion of the exhibition a People’s Choice Award of $3,000, also sponsored by Madison Cleaning Services will be announced.

Read the latest news and get to know this year’s curator and judge here.

Alexa Malizon, 'Ningning', digital video, colour and sound, 00:01:51

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