Caloundra Gallery’s art prize 2024

Artists from the Sunshine Coast have until February 2 to apply to win one of four highly esteemed art awards as part of the Local Contemporary Art Prize 2024, among 40 local artists.

The theme for the art prize is reflections, here and now, and has an increased prize pool of $17,000.

Categories include Major Acquisitive Award: $10,000 prize, 2D Excellence Award: $2,500 prize, supported by MaryHenzell Investments, 3D Excellence Award: $2,500 prize, supported by Localvolts and People’s Choice Award: $2,000 prize, supported by Geoff Lyons Solicitors and Friends of the Gallery.

Finalists will be advised of selection on Monday, February 26, the winners announcements and opening of the exhibition is Thursday, March 21 and is open until Sunday, May 5.

Sunshine Coast Council Arts Portfolio, Councillor Rick Baberowski, said the Local Contemporary Art Prize works well for artists, gallery and its visitors; the artists have an important reason to create new work.

“This art prize and the resulting exhibition are essential to support our increasingly flourishing Sunshine Coast arts ecology. And the structure of the awards is deliberately designed to attract submissions from emerging, mid-career and established visual artists, so we get to see a fascinating range of artworks from a broad selection of artists.” Cr Baberowski said.

“I’m always intrigued by the artistic choices that both seasoned and fledgling artists make and really enjoy seeing our contemporary times reflected through the lens of artists.”

Caloundra Regional Gallery, in partnership with The Gallery’s Friends, invites artists living within the Sunshine Coast and Noosa regions, working across all mediums, to submit 2D and 3D works for the Local Contemporary Art Prize 2024.

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Caloundra Regional Gallery is open from 10am, Tuesday to Sunday, and located at 22 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra.