#PRIZENOPRIZE at The Walls Art Space

CHASE ARCHER, HAILEY ATKINS, JANIS CLARKE, RICKY LARRY, 
SOPHIE PENKETHMAN-YOUNG, MELISSA SPRATT, VEOPLE (JAY JERMYN & JULIAN CURRIE)

CURATED BY MARIAM ARCILLA

Opening this Saturday 2 December 5 - 8pm

*Opening night only performance by VEOPLE 6.30pm
**Complimentary Stone & Wood Beer and Miami Mimosas on the house, all night!

Exhibition continues until 16 December, 2017

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ABOUT #PRIZENOPRIZE
Riding along the undercurrents of Turner Prizes and Archibalds, #PRIZENOPRIZE is an exhibition that champions and democratises art across all media and levels. Think of it as a soft power alternative to the head-churning, nail-biting process that comes with applying for art awards - or being shortlisted for the coveted Bachelor rose of the artworld.

There is no prize money, entry fee or % commission on sales; instead this is an open platform for contemporary and experimental artists (especially emerging artists) across Australia to exhibit/perform at THE WALLS this December -- which we think is a prize in itself. We'll be showcasing a cross-section of works, including multi-disciplinary, projection and moving-image based, performance and large-scale installation works. #PRIZENOPRIZE 2017 marks the second year of the national open call and exhibition.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS
CHASE ARCHER is an emerging artist based in Brisbane. Chase obtained his Bachelor of Fine Art in 2015 from the Queensland College of Art and is currently completing his Honours. Archer questions how traditional media practices such as painting, print and drawing can maintain relevance in a contemporary environment that is focused on dematerialised art practices. He describes his artworks as painted collages, assembled from images ranging from personal iPhone photos, to the historic art canon. In creating artworks on translucently primed plywood substrates, which remain visible in the final artworks, Archer disrupts the ‘illusory window’ often employed in traditional paintings, creating a platform in which he presents his deconstructed artworks. Archer regularly exhibits in Brisbane and Melbourne, and recently completed a month-long residency on the west coast of Tasmania.

HAILEY ATKINS is a Brisbane based artist making work that she hopes makes people feel good and remember laughing is good stuff – especially when it’s at your own self. Her sculptural practice sits at the intersection of humour, failure and ambivalence, and explores how the resulting aesthetic can be utilised to meaningfully disrupt the negativity surrounding failure and self-doubt and help us think of alternate ways of being and knowing that stand outside our conventional understanding of success. Atkins is a Queensland College of Art graduate (BFA with Honours (Class I)) and has exhibited widely in Queensland, as well as interstate (Sydney, Hobart) and internationally (Utrecht, Netherlands). She is co-director of Wreckers Artspace in Brisbane, and upcoming artist in Residence at Kaus Australis, Rotterdam (Jan-Mar 2018).

JANIS CLARKE is an emerging artist living and working in Sydney. He has completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (2015) and a Master of Fine Art (2017) at the National Art School. Clarke has a profound interest in the critique of painting in contemporary art. He consciously undermines established norms (both personal and historical) and to this end, he embraces failure and the anti-aesthetic sensibility as strategies for moving painting forward to somewhere new. He does this through the use of anti-authorial gestures, the kitsch of craft, and by embracing the use of so called ‘low’ colours, materials and processes such as fluorescents, spray paint, collage and decoupage. By employing counter-intuitive methods (such as ‘wrong’ instead of ‘right’) Clarke tries to undermine his own ingrained stylistic tendencies to create something unanticipated. Situated somewhere between painting, craft and sculpture, these abject principles are applied to the installation, presentation and construction of each work. Since 2015 Clarke has held three solo exhibitions and has been selected as a finalist in major prizes including the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (2016, 2015), The Mosman Art Prize (2016, 2015), The Chippendale New World Art Prize (2015 - Winner People’s Choice Award) and the Rick Amor Drawing Prize (2016).

RICKY LARRY is a Brisbane based artist who completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (2014) at Queensland College Of Art. Since graduating from Queensland College of Art in 2014 Ricky has held two solo exhibitions and been selected for several group shows including 'Shifting Grounds’ at The Hold Gallery, West End. Larry’s art practice examines the nature of perception in relation to space, environment and form through the use of photography, video and installation. Utilising materials to challenge a logical thought process, illusions are introduced in an attempt to fracture the viewer’s go-to mode of rationality. Incorporating ‘objects’ into familiar environments to generate a “questionable image”, forces the audience to draw conclusions as they make sense of the works.

SOPHIE PENKETHMAN-YOUNG is a video and new media artist whose work explores the telling of histories through objects, museum culture and their intersection with the digital age. She examines the equalising nature of platforms such as youtube, where the BBC, Metropolitan Museum and NASA have uploaded vast archives, that now sit in the same context as beauty bloggers and school pranks. Sophie graduated from the University of Sydney College of the Arts with Honours in 2014. She is currently studying her Masters in art curatorship. Day to day, Sophie works part time in marketing at Carriageworks, does Ikebana and adDs to her archive of NASA footage and old national geographic magazines.  

MELISSA SPRATT is an emerging artist who lives and works on the Gold Coast. Melissa studied at the Queensland College of Art, Gold Coast, where she completed a Bachelor of Digital Media with Honours, majoring in Fine Art in 2015, including an exchange at the Leeds International Summer School at the University of Leeds, UK. Spratt has worked across various mediums including painting, photography, drawing and printmaking, more recently exploring textile and design elements in sculpture, and working closely with different yarn making and finger-knitting techniques. Spratt was the winner of the RADFLY Youth Art Prize in 2017, finalist in the Border Art Prize at Tweed Regional Gallery in 2016, and was invited to hold a self titled solo exhibition at The Arts Centre Gold Coast in 2015. Her most recent installation works explore landscapes, ecosystems and patterns found in plant anatomy.

VEOPLE is a collaboration between Gold Coast-based artist JAY JERMYN and local musician JULIAN CURRIE, and is best described as a place where analogue meets machine. The collaboration strives to create atmospheric journeys full of energy and enigma that demand attention and captivate crowds. Jermyn solo practice communicates the weight and importance of social acceptance through an interweaving of creative expressions including design, sound and visual art. Jermyn studied Art and Design at Griffith University on the Gold Coast where he developed a multi-disciplinary practice that seeks to confront cultural divisions, both geographical and metaphorical. His practice is influenced by journeys through Japan and Eastern Europe, and is defined by an ongoing quest to locate enigmatic identities and emotions; both of which emerge as abstract and ambiguous forms in his work.

The Walls #PRIZENOPRIZE 2017 Artists Announced

CHASE ARCHER, HAILEY ATKINS, JANIS CLARKE, RICKY LARRY,
SOPHIE PENKETHMAN-YOUNG, MELISSA SPRATT, VEOPLE (JAY JERMYN & JULIAN CURRIE)

CURATED BY MARIAM ARCILLA

Opening Saturday 2 December 5 - 8pm

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*Opening night only performance by VEOPLE **Stone & Wood Beer and Miami Mimosa's on the house all eve!  Exhibition continues until 16 December, 2017


Keep your eyes on the no-prize! #PRIZENOPRIZE returns for a second year.


Riding along the undercurrents of Turner Prizes and Archibalds, #PRIZENOPRIZE is an exhibition that champions and democratises art across all media and levels. Think of it as a soft power alternative to the head-churning, nail-biting process that comes with applying for art awards - or being shortlisted for the coveted Bachelor rose of the artworld.


There is no prize money, entry fee or % commission on sales; instead this is an open platform for contemporary and experimental artists (especially emerging artists) across Australia to exhibit/perform at THE WALLS this December -- a prize in itself! They'll be showcasing a cross-section of works, including multi-disciplinary, projection and moving-image based, performance and large-scale installation works.

Talk Suite | Coming into Fashion

The Arts Centre Gold Coast is hosting an impressive talk suit to coincide with the Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast exhibition.

This full-day talk suite will see the biggest names in Australian and international fashion come together with journalists, practitioners, and thought leaders to discuss their expertise and the future of the industry. With two full panels and two intimate in-conversation sessions, the day is punctuated by a networking lunch. Talk Suite attendees will gain free entry to the exhibition and also have the chance to mingle and speak directly with the special guests at the end of the day.

Saturday 25 November | 10am – 4.30pm | Tickets $45

Talk Suite Schedule

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Condé Nast, The Empire
10am – 11am
This panel will see Coming into Fashion Exhibition Curator
Natalie Herschdorfer, Exhibition Manager Todd Brandow,
Vogue Australia Deputy Editor Sophie Tedmanson, and
curator and writer Alison Kubler come together to discuss
the enduring legacy of publishing house Condé Nast.
They will dissect, critique, and celebrate the iconic images
featured in the exhibition, exchanging opinions and stories
you won’t be able to hear anywhere else. Attendees will
gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the best
artists and photographers in contemporary fashion history.


Oracle Fox Talks
11.15am – 12.15pm
Amanda Shadforth is the brains and creative genius behind
one of the world’s most recognised fashion destinations,
Oracle Fox. Alison Kubler will host this intimate in-conversation
session and together they will cover the future of fashion
photography, illustration, and what social media means for
photography. Amanda is an accomplished illustrator and artist,
and has worked as a photographer and stylist on dynamic
digital campaigns and creative projects for international luxury
brands such as Versace, Ralph Lauren and Louis Vuitton. She
has grown Oracle Fox’s audience to its current reach of over
1.5 million people.


Lunch break with beverages and networking

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Sunday Best to Fast Fashion
1.30pm – 2.30pm
How has the way we make, sell, and market clothes
changed? Listen to an illuminating (and at times alarming)
conversation with Clare Press, the highly regarded author
of Wardrobe Crisis: How We Went From Sunday Best to
Fast Fashion. Clare is the Fashion Editor-at-Large at Marie
Claire Australia, Daily Life’s Sustainable Style columnist,
and now produces the Wardrobe Crisis podcast. Hosted by
Alison Kubler, these women bring their combined wealth
of research and real-world experience to discuss the
evolution of the fashion system, from past to present, and
will discuss what they see as the future of fashion. Clare
will be available for book signings after their conversation.

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Fashion and the Sartorial Gentleman
2.45pm – 3.45pm
The final session for the day will be a lively discussion
between two of fashion’s finest gentlemen, hosted by Alison
Kubler. Men in This Town began as a street style blog, and in
the past seven years Creative Director Giuseppe Santamaria
has grown the project into a magazine, book, and concept
space. Paul Hunt’s studio is in Brisbane, but he also spends
time each year sourcing fabrics and finding the inspiration for
his award-winning couture in Paris. Giuseppe and Paul both
have, and purvey, impeccable style, and this panel promises a
worldly insight into both Australian and international fashion.


After drinks and networking, the day will
conclude at 4.30pm

Talk Suite image - Sebastian Kim, Teen Vogue, January 2011 © Sebastian Kim  

Talk Suite image - Sebastian Kim, Teen Vogue, January 2011 © Sebastian Kim  

Coming into Fashion: Condé Nast fashion retrospective opens at ACGC

The highly-anticipated fashion photography retrospective Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast opens Friday at The Arts Centre Gold Coast.

The greats are all here: images by Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts and Mario Testino (& more!) line the gallery walls. It's a must-see exhibition for anyone living in, or visiting the Gold Coast.

Here is what's on offer:

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Opening Night | Coming into Fashion

Friday 24 November | 6pm – 9pm | Tickets $90
The opening night party is your opportunity to mingle with the style greats and get an exclusive first look at Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast. Your ticket includes flowing drinks and delicious canapés through the night, touch-ups and tips from the experts at the Garbo & Kelly Beauty Bar, and photo opportunities at the designer vogueing wall. Once you’ve taken in the exhibition, spend the rest of the night on the dance floor with live band Tesla Coils and a vinyl DJ. As an opening night guest you will gain free entry into the exhibition plus one more ticket for when you want to return later in the season.

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Talk Suite | Coming into Fashion

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Saturday 25 November | 10am – 4.30pm | Tickets $45
This full-day talk suite will see the biggest names in Australian and international fashion come together with journalists, practitioners, and thought leaders to discuss their expertise and the future of the industry. With two full panels and two intimate in-conversation sessions, the day is punctuated by a networking lunch. Talk Suite attendees will gain free entry to the exhibition and also have the chance to mingle and speak directly with the special guests at the end of the day.


General Admission

25 Nov 2017 until 18 Feb 2018, open daily 10am-5pm (closed Christmas Day)

Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast is a ticketed exhibition on display at Gold Coast City Gallery. With unprecedented access to the vast Condé Nast archives, this exhibition highlights the sparkling intersection between photography and fashion.

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General exhibition image: Sølve Sundsbø, Love, Spring/Summer 2011© Sølve Sundsbø/Art + Commerce. Subsequent images:  Miles Aldridge, Vogue Italia, September 2002,© Miles Aldridge. Albert Watson, American Vogue, May 1977© 1977 Condé Nast. Sebastian Kim, Teen Vogue, January 2011 © Sebastian Kim Clifford Coffin, American Vogue, June 1949, © 1949 Condé Nast.

Guy Maestri chats to BAM

Sydney painter Guy Maestri won the Archibald Prize in 2009, and has now been announced a 2017 Wynne Prize Finalist. He chats to BAM about his nomination, and his residency at the Margaret Olley Centre earlier this year.

BAM.  Congratulations on being a Wynne Prize Finalist. Please tell us about Self Portrait for Posterity.

Maestri.  With these works, I am playing with the idea of the heroic classical bust and questioning what use there is in leaving a lasting reproduction of my own image for future generations. These sculptures are originally made in clay and then cast in bronze and painted. So they are very permanent, but appear malleable and ephemeral.

Guy Maestri,  Self portrait (for posterity)  2017,  bronze, 60.0 x 24.0 x 40.0 cm.  Courtesy of the artist and Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane.

Guy Maestri, Self portrait (for posterity) 2017,  bronze, 60.0 x 24.0 x 40.0 cm.  Courtesy of the artist and Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane.

BAM.  What were highlights of your residency at the Margaret Olley Centre?

Maestri.  It was a privilege to be there, looking over that magnificent valley to Wollumbin in the distance, and to have such access to the gallery and a great studio to live and work in. I live in the heart of Sydney, so that in itself was a highlight. But I originally went there to investigate the surrounding area and make landscape work about it, however, I was inevitably drawn to the incredible recreation of Margaret Olley's home and studio. And with access to that space and permission to borrow objects to paint from, my focus shifted to these precious things, and to making intimate works about them.

Echo  installation. Courtesy of the artist and Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane.

Echo installation. Courtesy of the artist and Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane.

 BAM.  Your exhibition Echo recently closed at the Tweed Regional Gallery. What was the process of developing the concept, and choosing the pieces for the show?

Maestri.  The show became all about objects and their meaning, and also intimate space. I knew the exhibiting space that I would be using and it is this beautifully dark, quiet gallery space with dark grey walls and museum quality lighting. This had a great influence on the work I made, and on the pieces I chose to exhibit. I wanted it to feel like a museum, with relics and documents. I became interested in the flowers in Margaret's house, and of course the only ones remaining are her plastic ones, but what does it matter when you're making paintings of them? They become another form of reproduction anyway, but also an extension. I also thought a lot about my own grandmother's house, and what remained after she was gone, and the things I now have and cherish from that home. Everyday things with huge personal value to me. And so the show became about preservation too. And reflection. And of course, about painting. The joy of painting. Reinvigorated in me from being in Olley's world.

Echo  installation. Courtesy of the artist and Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane.

Echo installation. Courtesy of the artist and Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane.