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Winner of STILL: National Still Life Award announced, three artists receive Helen Lempriere Scholarships, Art on Paper Award recipient announced, plus more.

3D ceramic composition takes out National Still Life Award

Tasmanian Kelly Austin has won the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery’s STILL: National Still Life Award for 2019.
Her work Stilled Composition 43 is a three-dimensional ceramic composition that seeks balance between warm and cool, heavy and light, positive and negative.
There were more than 750 entries for the Award, of which 59 works were selected as finalists.
The 2019 judge of the biennial prize – Rebecca Coates, Director Shepparton Art Museum – described how art prizes can be 'life-changing for artists' and when the winning artwork joins the gallery’s collection, 'it will be enjoyed for generations to come; it becomes part of this place and these people.'
'We need artists,' she said. 'It is artists who often find a language for difficult things, who make a space for creativity and bring people together.'
Coates awarded four commendations to artists: Sue Bell of Port Macquarie, Fiona Currey-Billyard of Nambucca Heads, Helen Earl of Sydney and Stephanie Theobald of Geeveston, Tasmania.
The exhibition at the Regional Gallery features works from artists across Australia and includes painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, ceramics, glass, sculpture, video, printmaking and textiles. Voting for the popular People’s Choice Award, worth $5000, will take place until 1 November, giving locals the chance to vote for their favourite artwork.
The exhibition is open at the Regional Gallery on the corner of Coff and Duke Streets until 30 November.

Recipients of Helen Lempriere Scholarships announced

Perpetual and Sculpture by the Sea have announced the recipients of this year’s three prestigious $30,000 Helen Lempriere Scholarships.

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