Queer Art Prize Australia announces 24 Finalists

Queer Art Prize Australia 2017The Australian Pride Network and Queer Art Prize Australia is pleased to announce the 24 Finalists who have been selected for the inaugural award, to be announced on Friday 13 January 2017.

To be held at Chapel Off Chapel during the 2017 Midsumma Festival as part of their 30th anniversary celebrations, Queer Art Prize Australia (QAPA) seeks to be a non-discriminatory art prize to celebrate works relating to the LGBTIQ community or themes by any artist who resides in Australia, or works by those identifying as LGBTIQ.

“We received over 60 entries from across Australia and we are pleased to see such a strong representation across our LGBTIQ community, with equal representation between those who identify as female or male,” said Curator, Jimmy Twin. “The work is of exceptional quality and the judges had a difficult decision to end up with a finalist list of 24.”

The Judging Panel for the 2017 Queer Art Prize Australia (QAPA) includes Kim Leutwyler (2015 Archibald Finalist), Travis de Jonk (Director/Curator – Watch This Space Gallery), Rachel ‘Rat’ Simpson (Senior Graphic Designer – SMASH Enterprises), and Brett Willis (Brett Willis Cartoons and Toonarama).

The 2017 Queer Art Prize Australia Finalists are:

Elijah. A (SA)
Karryn Argus (NSW)
Estelle Asmodelle (NSW)
Tom Christophersen (NSW)
Courtney Coombs (QLD)
Nada Decat (NSW)
Candy Goldsmith (WA)
Wade Goring (aka GWA) (NSW)
Ren Gregorcic (VIC)
Janne Kearney (VIC)
Glenda Kent (SA)
Leo Klein (VIC)
Danica Knezevic (NSW)
Stephen Laurence (VIC)
Matto Lucas (VIC)
Marc-O-Matic (VIC)
John McRae (NSW)
Helen Oprey (NSW)
Sandra Ovenden (WA)
Silviya Saikali (NSW)
Zina Sofer (VIC)
Emma Silver (NSW)
Lawrence Tan (VIC)
Eduardo Wolfe-Alegria (NSW)

Coordinated by the Australian Pride Network, the 2017 Queer Art Prize Australia, like most art projects, is a not-for-profit initiative relying upon community members and organisations for support. We would like to thank the following organisations for their support: beautiful.bizarre; Poof Doof; Visit Gay Australia, Australian Arts Review and JOY 94.9.

“All of the generous support given so far will directly benefit the artists and we are always looking for ways to help LGBTIQ art and the community,” said Mr Twin.

Hosted by Cabaret Icon, Dolly Diamond, the inaugural winner of the Queer Art Prize Australia will be announced on Friday 13 January 2017. An exhibition of finalists will be on show at Chapel Off Chapel: 13 January – 5 February 2017. For more information, visit: www.queerartprize.com.au for details.

Image: Queer Art Prize Australia composite of Finalists

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