Entries to the Hadley’s Art Prize have almost doubled since its debut last year- with 640 entrants applying for the $100 000 award in 2018.
Dubbed the world’s richest landscape art prize, 32 finalists from around Australia will be showcased in an exhibition at Hobart’s Hadley’s Orient Hotel in July and August.
“There was great diversity between the artists, which we have tried our best to represent in the shortlist,” prize judge Jane Stewart said.
More than half of the 2018 finalists are women, and one third are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artists.
“It was terrific to see interest from a number of Aboriginal artists, many of whom bring such a vital perspective to Australian landscape,” Ms Stewart said.
The prize curator, Amy Jackett said the variety and high-quality of the exhibited work would appeal to a wide audience.
“There’s really something for everyone in the finalists’ exhibition,” she said.
The winning artwork will be announced at the exhibition opening on 20 July, and will be added to the hotel’s permanent art collection.
The exhibition runs from 21 July – 25 August, 2018.