Sydney, 13 August 2019
Regional New South Wales visual artist Emily Imeson has been awarded the 2019 Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize for her painting Alive in the dead of night, 2019. The prize was announced last night in Sydney.
Now in its eighth year, the Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize supports and recognises a new generation of Australian visual artists. Artists in the early stage of their careers were invited to enter an original work – or works – that reflect the theme The Land and its Psyche.
Emily will receive $15,000 and her work will be acquired by the Macquarie Group Collection. The Macquarie Group Collection has been supporting emerging Australian artists for more than thirty years.
Also announced last night was the recipient of the Nick Waterlow OAM Highly Commended Award. The award by the art committee of the Macquarie Group Collection was given to Luke Aleksandrow for his work To Adelaide, 2018. Nyinta Donald was awarded the Highly Commended Award by guest judge Nike Savvas for her animation Iti Jesunya Bethlehemala Ngaringu (Baby Jesus was Born in Bethlehem), 2018.
Nike Savvas said: “The exceptional quality of the finalists’ works reflects the significant depth of talent to be found among Australia’s next generation of promising visual artists.
From an outstanding field of nominees, Emily’s work was selected as the recipient of the Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize as it represents a distinct style and skilfully encapsulates the theme of the Macquarie Group Collection, The Land and its Psyche.”
Director of the Macquarie Group Collection, Helen Burton, said: “Congratulations to Emily, Aleksandrow and Nyinta, and to all the finalists for creating such unique and inspiring pieces. Our final prize to award is The People’s Choice Award. We welcome all visitors to the exhibition to vote for their favourite work, to be announced on 6 September.”
Members of the public are invited to see Alive in the dead of night, along with other works by the finalists for this year’s prize, at space at 1 Shelley Street, Sydney. The exhibition is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11am to 3 pm until 5 September.
All entries, other than the winning artwork and those purchased at the event in Sydney, are available for sale.
Macquarie’s new gallery in Sydney, Space, is open to the public at 1 Shelley Street (enter via Erskine St) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11am to 3pm.
Emily Imeson graduated from Southern Cross University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts. Her work is included in the Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina Shire Council and other private collections. Emily was the recipient of the Arts NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarship in 2016 and received an Honourable Mention in the 2019 John Villers Outback Art Prize in Winton, Queensland.
Luke Aleksandrow is an emerging Western Australian artist whose practice is concerned with sound and the landscape. Luke graduated from Perth’s Curtin University in 2013 from a Masters of Applied Design and Art. Since graduating, Aleksandrow has been curated into HERE&NOW14 at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery and exhibited solo shows at FreeRange (Perth), Spectrum Project Space (Perth) and The Moores Building (Fremantle). In the past three years, Luke has also undertaken three residencies at The Fremantle Arts Centre, c.r.e.t.a. Rome (Rome) and Arteles (Finland).
Nyinta Donald was born in Angas Downs, Northern Territory. She has painted for a long time, including for the former Ngurratjuta Art Centre, but is an emerging artist in the field of animation. A member of the Alice Springs Lutheran Church and its Mission Block Choir, her work is often informed by her spiritual beliefs and involvement with the church community.