The new judges for Australia’s most prestigious landscape art prize have been announced.
New Audiences for Art director Dr Jane Deeth, art curator, advisor and advocate Natalia Ottolenghi Bradshaw, and ArtBank director Tony Stephens will travel from across Australia to judge next year’s Glover Prize.
The three-person independent judging panel have a formidable task ahead of them, deciding the next winner to be awarded $50,000 for their contemporary landscape painting of Tasmania.
However, Dr Deeth is no stranger to the Glover Prize.
She curated the Glover Prize since it was established in 2004, but decided to step down following the 2016 competition after more than 20 years experience in the visual arts industry.
“It’s fascinating to be on the other side. I’ve never seen all of the entries, only the finalists,” Dr Deeth said.
She hoped artists would stick their own unique, authentic style.
Ms Ottolenghi Bradshaw said the prize could be a “career maker” for some artists.
Whether artists were more traditional or at the forefront of contemporary landscape, the prize celebrated all forms of painting, she said.
She is an Australian Museum Foundation trustee as well as being named as one of ‘The most powerful people in the Australian arts world’ last year.
Mr Stephens said the prize was a great opportunity for artists to showcase their work and their interpretation of the landscape of Tasmania.
“Artists are explorers, they’re always looking for more ideas to traverse,” he said.
Mr Stephens has been actively involved in Australia’s contemporary art community for more than 10 years, working as a curator, facilitator, writer and administrator.
Glover Prize curator Megan Dick said, “The three judges are given the often-difficult task of selecting the 42 finalists works from the 300 and 400 entries received each year from all over the world”.
It was a “gargantuan task,” Ms Dick said.
- Entries for the Glover Prize close on January 26 and the winner is announced on March 9.