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Art prize ups the ante

Sunshine Coast artists have until February 2, 2024 to vie for their place among 40 local artists in the newly named Local Contemporary Art Prize 2024: reflections on here and now, and with an increased prize pool of $17,000.

Sunshine Coast Council Arts Portfolio Councillor, Rick Baberowski, said, “This art prize and the resulting exhibition are essential to support our increasingly flourishing Sunshine Coast arts ecology. 

“And the structure of the awards is deliberately designed to attract submissions from emerging, mid-career and established visual artists, so we get to see a fascinating range of artworks from a broad selection of artists.”

Caloundra Regional Gallery, in partnership with The Gallery's Friends, invites artists living within the Sunshine Coast and Noosa regions, working across all mediums, to submit 2D and 3D works for the Local Contemporary Art Prize 2024.

Forty finalists will be selected for the exhibition and winners will share in $17,000 prize money, thanks to this year’s sponsors: Friends of the Gallery, Mary Henzell Investments, Localvolts and Geoff Lyons Solicitors.

Entries open now and close Friday February 2, with finalists advised of selection on Monday February 26.

Award Categories are the Acquisitive Award: $10,000 prize, 2D Excellence Award: $2,500 prize, 3D Excellence Award: $2,500 prize and People’s Choice Award: $2,000 prize supported by Geoff Lyons Solicitors and Friends of the Gallery 

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