Entry to the John Stringer Prize is by invitation only and, again in 2019, six finalist artists have been selected by an independent panel of three eminent figures in the industry.
The selection panel in 2019 comprises of Sandra Murray, Art Curator at Bankwest and The Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia; Lia McKnight, Visual Artist and Collection Manager at Curtin University; and Sarah Yukich, Collection Administrator at The Stokes Collection.
The selection process involves each panel member devising a shortlist of eligible artists, with the panel then conferring to choose six artists whom they jointly agree have upheld rigorous practices worthy of the prize. In making a selection, panelists are expected to place emphasis on the need to encourage practitioners who, in their opinion, are deserving of greater recognition.
The Prize celebrates the memory of John Stringer who passed away in 2007. John was the Curator of The Stokes Collection and adviser to The Collectors Club. The Prize honours John’s life and the legacy of his contribution to local visual arts and culture. In keeping with John’s passionate devotion to the arts, and his wish to see greater patronage of local talent, the Prize is intended to encourage and support Western Australian artists. Through the involvement of The Collectors Club of Western Australia, the Prize connects locally based artists with collectors, thus contributing to the vibrancy and economic viability of the Western Australian art market.
A new or recent artwork by each of the six finalist artists will be showcased in October at John Curtin Gallery. During the exhibition, the winner of the Prize will be determined by a secret ballot performed by The Collectors Club members and announced at an Award Night.
In previous years, a Prize pool of $12,500 has been raised for the recipient of the John Stringer Prize. It is hoped that, with the support of your tax deductible donations, this amount may be exceeded in 2019. The more lucrative the Prize, the stronger its impact in bolstering and celebrating Western Australian visual art.
IMAGE: 2018 John Stringer Prize winner Jarrad Martyn’s artwork ‘Range’, 2018, Oil on canvas, 180 x 150cm. Image courtesy the artist. Photo: Brad Coleman.