on March 26, 2019 See + Do

Guirguis New Art Prize celebrates contemporary art

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A MYRIAD of historical and contemporary influences are reflected in this year's $20,000 Guirguis New Art Prize.

Recognised as a prestigious national contemporary art prize, GNAP19 is set to ramp up Ballarat’s art scene with a selection of contemporary Australian artists exhibiting new and exciting work from March 30 until June 2.

Now in its fourth iteration, the free exhibition is on show at the Art Gallery of Ballarat and the Post Office Gallery through a unique partnership with Federation University. 

GNAP19 artists explore ideas ranging from Australian cultural and social history, self-portraiture, identity and transformation, to a humorous perspective on skullduggery, office culture and theories surrounding the fourth dimension, expressed through video, painting, textiles, ceramics, sculpture and installation.

“I hope GNAP highlights how important contemporary art is to our lives, particularly in a regional centre, and that viewers will be inspired and have a memorable experience exploring and appreciating the work,” philanthropist Mark Guirguis said.

Unique to GNAP19 is that 14 of the 16 artists are women and six are indigenous female artists from Queensland and the Northern Territory. 

GNAP finalists Naomi Hobson, Janet Fieldhouse, Shirley Macnamara and Karen Mills will present a forum chaired by Louise Tegart at the Art Gallery of Ballarat on April 6.

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