Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize short-list announced

Sydney, 26 Jul 2017

Macquarie Group today announced the 10 short-listed entries for the 2017 Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize.

Now in its sixth year, the Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize supports and recognises a new generation of Australian visual artists. Artists in the early stages of their careers were invited to enter an original work (or works) that reflects the Macquarie Group Collection theme, The Land and its Psyche.

This year, more than 75 entries were received from Australian artists who are yet to be represented in a major curated exhibition. From a high-calibre field of entries, 10 finalists have been selected:

  • Sally Anderson
  • Harry Klein
  • Mechele Bounpraseuth
  • Christine Ko
  • Alice Couttoupes
  • Natalie Mather
  • Ariella Friend
  • Dominique Merven
  • Liam Garstang
  • Shirley Ploog

Finalists were selected by the Macquarie Group Collection Committee, and their works will be exhibited at Space Gallery, 9 – 19 Elizabeth Street, Sydney between 26 September and 20 October.

The recipient of the Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize, to be decided by a guest judge, will be announced on 25 September. The selected artist will receive $15,000 and their work will be acquired by the Macquarie Group Collection.

Two Highly Commended Awards will also be given, including the Nick Waterlow Award. Members of the public will be invited to cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award which will be announced on 19 October.

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About the Macquarie Group Collection
The Macquarie Group Collection has supported emerging Australian visual artists for 30 years. Grounded in the theme The Land and its Psyche, the Collection comprises more than 750 works by artists who, at the time their work was acquired, were in the early stages of their career. Acquisitions are made by a committee of volunteer Macquarie staff and a curatorial expert.

Works in the Macquarie Group Collection are exhibited in more than 40 Macquarie Group offices worldwide and periodically loaned to public institutions.

In addition to the Emerging Artist Prize, the Macquarie Group Collection will this year award its inaugural First Nations Emerging Curator Prize. In partnership with the Australia Council, this recipient of this prize will be announced on 25 September 2017.

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