Awards - Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Art 2019

Congratulations to the 2019 prize recipients.

Open Prize winner: Julia deVille for As above, so below.
Local Prize winner: Karena Goldfinch for Legacy .
Mayoral Award: Fionna Madigan for Barreenong Rd.
People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Montsalvat: James Barden for Pat's House

All entries were assessed by the Nillumbik Prize assessment panel, comprising of Kirsten Matthews, Consultant and Board Member, Bundoora Homestead and Art Centre, Patrick West, PhD Associate Professor in Writing and Literature, School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University and Grace Longato, Curator and Creative Industries Officer, Nillumbik Shire Council.

All the works selected for exhibition in this presentation of the Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Art are of a very high professional standard. It should be said that this made judging the prize challenging. This is a very good start to this new phase of the award(s) and the organisers of the award and the Nillumbick shire should be congratulated along with the artists represented.

The more than fifty works on show evidence a highly pluralistic arts culture. Within the exhibition, painting, drawing, printmaking. photography, sculpture, sculpture/jewellery, video, sound works, neon and site specific works are presented. Within most of these categories there are modes of significant divergence.

Amongst the three judges aspects of this plurality and divergence of preference and taste was apparent. It should be mentioned however the the two award winners were on each of our shortlists. The decision of the judges was happily and harmoniously unanimous. Our congratulations to all and on this occasion particularly so to Karena Goldfinch and Julia De Ville.

-Godwin Bradbeer

Congratulations also to all of the 2019 finalists: Lyn Ashby, Robert Baines, Anindita Banerjee, Elizabeth Banfield, James Barden, Lisa Bartolomei/David Coen/Donald Gray/Gillian Lever/Josh Peters, Kate Beynon, Aldo Bilotta, Suzie Blake, Julie Bradley, Fleur Brett, Kiri-Una Brito Meumann, Michelle Caithness, Samraing Chea, Isobel Clement, Kevin Chin, Lou Conboy, Emma Coulter, Peter Daverington, Jennifer Dellaportas, Julia deVille, Megan Evans, Anna Farago, Silvi Glattauer, Erika Gofton, Karena Goldfinch, Amala Groom, Sophia Hewson, Martin King, Tracey Lamb, Hayley Lander, Chris Langlois, Kimberley Liddle, Fionna Madigan, Clare McCracken, Leanne Mooney, Eunice Napanangka Jack and Tobias Titz, Naomi Nicholls, Yuria Okamura, Jasmine Poole, Oliver Poppert, Elvis Richardson, Nina Sanadze, Megan Seres, Daniel Sherington, Julie Shiels, Jason Sims, Vipoo Srivilasa, Tim Sterling, Camilla Tadich, Michael Vale, Damien Veal, Carole Wilson, Susan Wirth.

Image: 2019 Winner Julia deVille, As above, so below.

Video: 2019 People’s Choice Winner James Barden, Pat's House. Video courtesy of Araluen.