Communications & Media

Emerging Tasmanian talent celebrated at Makers’ Workshop

Portraits captured by young, emerging artists are being showcased in the final exhibition to open at Burnie’s Makers’ Workshop for 2018.

The prestigious RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize is presented with the University of Tasmania’s support, and features the works of local artists aged 30 and under.

Their brief, to create a portrait of a living Tasmanian who is important to them.

Among the 35 shortlisted entries are portraits by North-West artists Brodie Weeding, Luke Conroy and Shantelle Perry.

Cradle Coast campus Arts and Public Programs Coordinator Joanna Gair said the University was proud to welcome the prize to Makers’ Workshop for the first time.

“In this year's RACT Portraiture Prize, we as the viewer are introduced to a fantastic selection of new identities - artists, siblings, lovers and bartenders,” Ms Gair said.

“Walking into the gallery is like walking into a room of fascinating people you're just itching to know more about. 

“Portraiture as a discipline has captivated audiences throughout the ages, so it's exciting to see how young Tasmanians have interpreted portraiture for our time.

“The results are arresting. It's clear that we have some distinct new talents emerging from Tasmania, and it's great to see the work of North-West artists among the best of the best in this premier arts award.”  

RACT Insurance CEO Trent Sayers said he was particularly impressed by the incredible diversity in mediums, as well as the high quality of works.

“It has been really exciting to see a focus on digital technology this year, with a number of video works submitted. In fact we were so impressed we awarded Sponsors’ Choice to a video work by Ariel Ruby that will be exhibited at RACT House,” Mr Sayers said.

This year’s major prize of $10,000 was awarded to Sam Mountford and Tess Campbell for their multimedia portrait piece featuring Hobart café owners.

Burnie is the final destination to host the travelling exhibition, which was officially opened to the public on Thursday, 29 November.

It will continue in the Makers’ Space Gallery until 27 January 2019.

Visitors are encouraged to view the work in the gallery to cast their vote for the People’s Choice Prize.

Voting can also be submitted online via the Tasmanian Portraiture Prize website.

Published on: 30 Nov 2018 2:22pm