Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s Empire Global Art Award is open to Canberra artists working in any medium and aged 15 years and over.
The Award has two categories with a $2000 cash prize each and follows in a long tradition of supporting young and emerging artists.
The inaugural theme for the 2016 Award was taken from the great Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, who said: “Art is the lie that enables us to realise the truth.” More than 65 entries were received responding to this theme.
Information about the 2017 Awards will be provided in coming months.
The Award Categories
The Award invites entries in two categories: Artist aged 15 – 25 years, and Artist over 25 years. Both categories offer a $2000 cash prize each. Works in any medium may be entered.
All work must be original and completed within the past two years and not previously exhibited.
Key Award dates
A due date for delivery of all artworks to Tuggeranong Arts Centre will be scheduled approximately one week prior to the exhibition opening.
An exhibition of selected works will be on display in the Gallery for one month following the Official Opening and Awards Announcement.
Unsold works must be collected by midday on the Monday proceeding the completion of the exhibition.
Information about the key dates for the 2017 Awards will be provided in coming months.
Guidelines and Entry form
Entry forms will be available online or from TAC once the 2017 award theme has been announced.
The Award Presentation event
All selected artists will be invited to join TAC, our patron, partners and sponsors, award judges, and friends for a special exhibition opening and awards presentation.
Information about the Award presentation event in 2017 will be provided in coming months.
Partnering with the Arts Centre on this Award is Empire Global.
Empire Global is a prominent Canberra development company with projects spanning 20 years. Recently, Empire Global have taken an active role in development the Tuggeranong Town Centre, including a major urban development project in Southquay precinct.
Empire Global is also committed to the cultural development of Tuggeranong and delighted to be partnering with TAC on this brand new Art Award.
2016 Empire Global Art Award winners
The award judges, Caren Florance, Tony Steel and David Whitney chose Tuggeranong resident Alison Piper as the
winner of the 2016 Empire Global Art Award’s Youth Category for her digital photograph Two-Faced.
“We liked the strangeness of it; the disparity between the innocence of the framing and the complexity of the face. It
illuminates the fragility of the teenage boy, the current crisis of masculinity, and shows thoughtfulness about the
future. It is an image that can engage and provoke over time.”
The winner of the Over 25 category was Kerry Johns for her acrylic painting Not Mt Clear. The judges called it sophisticated and enduring; “We liked the way the landscape captures that overlap of observation and evocation. This partially abstracted landscape is not romanticized – we can see the scarring of human activity; it bleeds into itself and morphs reality with idealism. It shows the truth of what is there versus what we want and expect to see.”
Artwork: Kerry Johns, Not Mt Clear (detail), acrylic on canvas, 2016.
Empire Global Art Award judges selected 4 commendations
The Empire Global Art Award judges selected 4 commendations from the 65 award entries.
In the youth category, they commended Stephanie McClory for her work Misconception. “It is technically proficient, shocking and articulate. It is bolshy and hard to ignore. It forces us to pay attention to the issue of mental health, and it questions truth starkly.”
Amy Campbell was commended for her mixed media collage The More I Digest, The Less I Know. Sighting the joyful exuberance of the piece and its lovely energy and thoughtfulness, the judges called it an “exercise in controlled chaos.”
In the Over 25 category, Susan Hey was commended for her painting The Light is My Truth. The judges liked its deceptive simplicity. “It catches a moment of light and is created with clear layers of colour. It reveals itself with sustained looking and pushes the viewer in turn into revelation.”
Alfredo Lango was commended for his mixed media work The Evolution of Light and Darkness. The judges commented on the confidence and playfulness of his abstract assemblage.
It is structured in a way that allows many readings: pattern, faces, and stories. There is a pushing and pulling of the internal and external.
Artwork: Stephanie McClory, Misconception, 2016