Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Connie Anthes selected as finalist in the 2011 City of Hobart Art Prize

Connie Anthes, Makeshift #4, 2011. Installation with painted black wooden rods & stainless steel bolts, dimensions variable.

The Damien Minton Gallery would like to congratulate Connie Anthes for being selected as a finalist in the 2011 City of Hobart Art Prize. The categories for this year's prize are 'paper' and 'wood'. Connie is one of 13 finalists selected nationally in the wood category. 

The City of Hobart Art Prize is open to artists, designers and craftspeople nationwide. It brings together contemporary visual arts, craft and design practice in a single exhibition. 

Prizes are: two $15,000 acquisitive City of Hobart Art Prize (one in each category), a $7,500 non-acquisitive MONA Prize and a $1,000 People's Choice Award. The prize is to be judged by Peter Hughes, Senior Curator (Decorative Arts), Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery,  Rachel Kent, Senior Curator Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, and Linda Michael, Deputy Director and Senior Curator, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Victoria. 

This work (pictured above) is part of Connie's Makeshift series; a series of site specific responses that challenge expectations of given materials. The Makeshifts, conceived as "drawings-in-space" blur the boundaries that have traditionally separated drawing, collage, painting, sculpture and installation, and are intended to be reckoned with, and made sense of by, the audiences' movement in relation to them. 

We look forward to presenting a solo exhibition from Connie Anthes at the Damien Minton Gallery in 2012 and wish her all the best in this prize.

The City of Hobart art prize exhibition runs from 23 July - 18 September 2011, at the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery (TMAG) in Hobart.