GNAP is a $20.000 national, acquisitive, biennial, contemporary art prize administered by Federation University Australia (FedUni)'s Arts Academy, generously supported by local Ballarat surgeon and philanthropist Mr Mark Guirguis, GNAP showcases a selection of Australia's most exciting contemporary artists in Ballarat, Victoria.
GNAP15 finalists were; Chris Barry (VIC), Chris Bond (VIC), Teelah George (WA), Julie Gough (TAS), Louise Hubbard (VIC), Susan Jacobs (VIC), Jess Johnson (VIC), Ross Manning (QLD), Dylan Martorell (VIC), Pilar Mata-Dupont (WA), Kate Mitchell (NSW), Dominic Redfern (VIC), Mark Shorter (NSW), Conrad Tipungwuti (NT) and Jemima Wyman (QLD).
The prestigious $20,000 Guirguis New Art Prize (GNAP) in 2015 was awarded to Melbourne-based artist, Lou Hubbard for her work, Dead Still Standing, 2014 from a pool of 15 Australian shortlisted finalists' work presented in an exhibition at two sites; the Art Gallery of Ballarat and FedUni's Post Office Gallery, Ballarat.
The judges, Hannah Mathews, Curator, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) and Max Delany, Senior Curator, Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) announced the winner at the gala exhibition opening at the Art Gallery of Ballarat on Fri 10 April.
The judges said, "Occupying a space between the traditions of equine, assemblage and unmonumental sculpture, Lou Hubbard's Dead Still Standing confounds and compels viewers in its uncanny play of materials and movement. In this elaborate yet concise work, Hubbard has created a form of surprising and unsettling effect that reflects our experience of a world in transition."
Gordon Morrison, Director of the Art Gallery of Ballarat, said: "A noteworthy feature of this iteration of GNAP is the prevalence of the multimedia installation. There are some really dynamic and challenging works in which one can immerse oneself throughout the show."
GNAP15 was presented in association with the Art Gallery of Ballarat with generous support from the Art Gallery of Ballarat Foundation, from 11 April to 31 May 2015.
The next Guirguis New Art Prize will be presented in 2017.