Queer Art Prize Australia

Queer Art Prize Australia 2017Queer Art Prize Australia (QAPA) is a new non-acquisitive art prize to celebrate LGBTIQ art achievements in Australia.

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 judges consist of names well respected in the art world: Kim Leutwyler, Brett Willis, Rat Simpson and Travis de Jonk. Coordinated by Australian Pride Network, this art prize, like most art projects, is not-for-profit relying upon community members and organisations for support. All of the kind support given so far will directly benefit the artists and we are always looking for ways to help LGBTIQ art and the community.”

The Australian Pride Network and Queer Art Prize Australia is pleased to announce the 24 Finalists who have been selected for the inaugural award. The 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) – RUNNER UP
Danica Knezevic (NSW)
Stephen Laurence (VIC)
Matto Lucas (VIC)
Marc-O-Matic (VIC)
John McRae (NSW)
Helen Oprey (NSW)
Sandra Ovenden (WA) – WINNER
Silviya Saikali (NSW)
Zina Sofer (VIC)
Emma Silver (NSW)
Lawrence Tan (VIC)
Eduardo Wolfe-Alegria (NSW)

The inaugural Queer Art Prize Australia was announced on Friday 13 January 2017. An exhibition of finalists is currently on show at Chapel Off Chapel until 4 February 2017. A catalogue of the 24 finalists is available to purchase by clicking here. A number of the artists have made their work available for sale – either as the original artwork or a high-quality A3 archival print. For more information, visit: www.queerartprize.com.au for details.

Image: Queer Art Prize Australia Finalists composite of works