EXHIBITION - 11.06.21/30.07.21

THE JURY ART PRIZE 2021

The Junction Co. and Courthouse Gallery+Studio are excited to announce the finalists of the Jury Art Prize 2021.

This year the curated Art Prize exhibition will showcase 55 works from artists working across regional and remote Western Australia, culminating in a captivating show of unique perspectives. A strong application pool of submissions made for tough choices for the selection panel. Finalists were selected from across all regions, and included painting, photography, sculpture, digital and mixed media from both Aboriginal and non-indigenous artists.

The Prize will be judged by industry experts, artist Damien Shen, multidisciplinary artist and poet Jazz Money and acclaimed curator Sandra Murray.

There are four key prize categories, the Judge’s Prize, Kathy Donnelly Encouragement Prize, Jury Prize (people’s choice) and Patron Award supported by the Town of Port Hedland, with prize monies for the Jury Prize and Judge’s prize being equal value of $10,000 each.

Winners of the Judges Prize, Encouragement Prize and Patron Award will be announced during an innovative 24hr opening event, commencing 3pm Friday 11 June.

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Sandra is the Lead Curator of Sculpture at Bathers, as well as an independent art curator, consultant and arts mentor; clients include Artsource, the Royal Agricultural Society of WA and Bankwest. She has a depth of experience in working with artists, including directing and curating for art and museum institutions in WA and NSW and has worked in the public, corporate, not-for-profit, and private sectors. 
Jazz Money is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist of Wiradjuri heritage, currently based on beautiful sovereign Gadigal land. Her practice is centred around poetry while producing works that encompass installation, digital, film and print. In 2020 Jazz was awarded the David Unaipon Award from the State Library of Queensland. Her debut collection ‘how to make a basket’ is available from September 2021 from University of Queensland Press.
Damien Shen is a South Australian man of Ngarrindjeri (Aboriginal) and Chinese descent. As an artist he draws on both of these powerful cultural influences to create works of intense personal meaning. In using his artistic talent to share his story he aims to open the eyes of viewers to new ways of seeing Australian identity and Aboriginal art.
 
Shen was the winner of the Blake Prize 2016 (emerging category), and winner of the Prospect Portraiture Prize 2015. He has work in various public collections around the country and has participated in artist residencies both nationally and internationally.