Presenting the everyday as sometimes banal, beautiful and profound, the still life genre offers up consideration of life, death and all that comes in between. Since STILL 2019, there has been no shortage of extreme events that have driven people indoors, prompting reflection, stirring dreams and uncovering truths in time to be captured in this year’s award.
STILL seeks to highlight the diversity and vitality of still life in Australian contemporary art practice, broadening the interpretation and meaning of this enduring genre. The award is open to artists at all stages of their careers across Australia. 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, and this will be the final STILL exhibition in its current space.
Although Still 2021 opened to the public on Saturday, unfortunately we had to close the gallery after just one day due to the state-wide lockdown. As soon as these restrictions lift we can’t wait to welcome you back to the gallery to share the experience of Still 2021, due to run until 23 October.
In the meantime you can visit us online with our new digital offerings. Relive Saturday’s announcement on our Facebook page. Watch the first of Still Sundays with Mary McGillivray now on TikTok and IGTV (our Instagram TV).
Also keep an eye on our website and socials to hear about our upcoming STILL 2021 Artist Talks, #BeStill Reloaded and our 3D Virtual Tour.
For more information visit coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/still
Images: Susan Gourley, Half Eaten Banana (detail), 2021, Photographer: Bridie Gillman.
Dannielle Thorman, Use by date (detail), 2021
Ernabella Arts: Alison Milyika Carroll, Marceena Jack, Lynette Lewis, Vennita Lionel, Rachael Mipantjiji Lionel, Yurpiya Lionel, Renita Stanley, Janice Stanley, Carlene Thompson, Marissa Thompson and Tanya Williams, Wankaṟu (surviving) (detail), 2019
Harley Ives, Immaterial Ornament 1 (still) (detail), 2020
Michael Cook, Nature Morte – Veiled Bird (detail), 2021