tidal.18: City of Devonport National Art Award
This prestigious award was first launched in 2004 and has, since 2010, been an acquisitive award, with winning works becoming a part of the Devonport City Council’s Permanent Collection.
The $15 000 major acquisitive award is open to artists, who reside in Australia. The award is sponsored by the Devonport City Council and the Devonport Regional Gallery Friends Committee.
The inspiration for the award is derived from Devonport being a coastal city, but the aim of tidal is to encourage contemporary practice with strength of concept, innovation and execution of two-dimensional artwork. The theme is open to a range of interpretation be it personal, environmental, political or of cultural nature.
Julia Davis, from Sydney, New South Wales, won the Award with her work Undercurrent, a single channel looped video with sound, where the artist employed drone technology to record tidal movements of the Tasmanian coast.
The other finalists are:
Tasmania: Diane Allison, Priscilla Beck, Nikala Bourke, Sean Coyle, Alex Davern, Selena de Carvalho, Keith Deverell (2 works), Lisa Garland, Neil Haddon, Leigh Hobba, Mandy Hunniford, Liam James, Kim Lehman, Sue Lovegrove, Marion Marrison, Jennifer Marshall, Penny Mason, Janelle Mendham, Anne Morrison, James Newitt, Robert O’Connor, Tom O’Hern, David Stephenson, Martin Walch, Megan Walch, Matt Warren, Emily-Rose Wills, Stephen Woodbury and Chee Yong.
New South Wales: Heather Burness, Tina Havelock Stevens, Rodney Pople and Peter Stevens
Queensland: Kathrin Dierich & Trevor David O’Dwyer (joint work), Amanda Jane Gabori and Shannon Toth
Victoria: Mark Dober, Fiona Halse, Bridget Hillebrand, Martin King, Megan McPherson, Valerie Sparks,
Northern Territory: Sarah Genevieve Pirrie
Western Australia: Brian Robinson
The award is sponsored by the Devonport City Council and the Devonport Regional Gallery Friends Committee.