‘the churchie’ is one of Australia’s leading prizes for emerging artists. Presented at the Institute of Modern Art since 2019, the finalists’ exhibition provides a survey of the compelling and diverse work being produced by emerging artists today.
The 2021 finalists are: Akil Ahamat, Tiyan Baker, Christopher Bassi, Leon Russell (Cameron) Black, Ohni Blu, Riana Head-Toussaint, Visaya Hoffie, Kait James, Alexa Malizon, Kyra Mancktelow, Ivy Minniecon, Nina Sanadze, Jayanto Tan, and Joanne Wheeler.
The Major Prize winner will be announced by guest judge, Rhana Devenport ONZM, Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia, on Friday 22 October. They will receive a $15,000 non-acquisitive cash prize sponsored by BSPN Architecture. Devenport will also award a Special Commendation Prize of $5,000, sponsored by Fardoulys Constructions, as well as two $1,000 Commendation Prizes sponsored by Madison Cleaning Services. A People’s Choice Award of $3,000, also sponsored by Madison Cleaning Services, will be awarded by popular vote at the conclusion of the finalists’ exhibition.
The finalists exhibition is guest curated by artist, writer, and curator Grace Herbert in a role sponsored by Armitstead ART Consulting.
Image: Nina Sanadze, Apotheosis, 2021, original studio archive of a prominent soviet sculptor Valentin Topuridze, plaster models, moulds and fragments, 160 x 310 x 200cm. Photo: Grant Hancock.