Current exhibition

GNAP - Guirguis New Art Prize 2019

GUIRGUIS NEW ART PRIZE 2019

30 MAR - 02 JUN 2019

Administered by Federation University Australia, in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ballarat the Guirguis New Art Prize (GNAP) is generously sponsored by local surgeon and philanthropist, Mr Mark Guirguis.

In its fourth iteration, GNAP19 promises to inspire and surprise audiences with a bold mix and unique snapshot of Australian art created by artists selected from the Northern Territory, Queensland, Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.

Reflecting a myriad of historical and contemporary influences, artists explore ideas ranging from Australian cultural and social history, self-portraiture, identity and transformation, to a humorous perspective on skullduggery and office culture, and theories surrounding the fourth dimension expressed through diverse media including sculpture, video, painting, textiles, ceramics and installation.

2019 finalists are Benjamin Armstrong (VIC), Amanda Davies (TAS), Janet Fieldhouse(QLD), Caroline Garcia (NSW), Marie Hagerty(ACT), Matt Hinkley (VIC), Naomi Hobson (QLD), Laresa Kosloff (VIC), Grace Lillian Lee (QLD), Shirley Macnamara (QLD), Karen Mills (NT), Claudia Moodoonuthi (QLD), Raquel Ormella (ACT) , Nicola Smith (NSW), Neridah Stockley (NT), Tricky Walsh (TAS).

The 2019 judge is Melissa Keys, Curator, Buxton Contemporary, Melbourne.

The GNAP19 $20,000 winning artist will be announced at the formal exhibition opening at the Art Gallery of Ballarat on Friday 5 April.

JOIN US FOR THE GNAP19 OPENING & PRIZE ANNOUNCEMENT
Fri 5 Apr @ 6, for 6.30pm
Art Gallery of Ballarat I 40 Lydiard St Nth. Ballarat Victoria.
RSVP essential  Limited numbers
T: 03 5320 5858 I artgal@ballarat.vic.gov.au

GNAP19 is presented at FedUni's School of Arts Post Office Gallery and the Art Gallery of Ballarat. The Art Gallery of Ballarat is just 5 mins down the road on Lydiard Street, around the corner from the Post Office Gallery's entrance on Sturt Street, Ballarat.
Open 10am to 5pm daily
Free entry.

GNAP19 PUBLIC PROGRAMS

IN CONVERSATION
SAT 6 APR @ 2PM
This unique event presents four important Indigenous female artists; Karen Mills, Janet Fieldhouse, Naomi Hobson and Shirley Macnamara, in conversation with Louise Tegart, Director, Art Gallery of Ballarat.

ARTIST TALKS
SAT 4 MAY @ 2pm - BENJAMIN ARMSTRONG
Benjamin Armstrong's work examines a perspective on indigenous and colonial history in Invisible Stories: Port Essington fragments - a series of linocut prints and unique unprinted cut linoleum blocks relating to Australian author Mark McKenna’s book From the Edge: Australia’s Lost Histories, 2016, about Port Essington, located in West Arnhem Land, that analyses the early C19 British explorers and how they tried, and failed, to establish a settlement there.

SAT 13 APR @ 2PM - LARESA KOSLOFF
Laresa Kosloff makes performative videos, Super 8 films, hand drawn animations, sculpture, installations and live performance works. Laresa’s slick, seductive video La Perruque, meaning ‘the wig’, humorously explores the aesthetics of corporate culture and the ethics of doing the wrong thing at work, alongside themes of skulduggery, duplicity and creative diversion.

SAT 1 JUN @ 2PM - NERIDAH STOCKLEY
Neridah Stockley sublime abstract paintings, presented alongside and relational to her delicate ceramic objects, mirror and reflect her ongoing interest in ideas surrounding urban, remote, coastal and domestic places and landscapes.