Receiving a cash prize is certainly useful for an artist for reasons none of us need to elaborate on. Being awarded the prize is also encouraging and affirming: when you make unusual work it is hard to know if it’s good or just weird, or if it’s worth pursuing at all.
I also think that offering a substantial amount of money increases the status of the Drawing Award. In 2017, since the judge was a curator at NGA and bought the work this has led to significant benefits for me: the work will appear in a forthcoming 'Performing Drawing' exhibition at the NGA. There may be a seminar alongside the exhibition and I have been asked to run some workshops relating to the work for the public programs at NGA.
Nicci Haynes – Winner of the M16 Drawing Prize 2017
Winning the M16 Drawing prize assisted me greatly by raising my profile from a local, Canberra based artist, to a national and even international artist. While this sounds grandiose, having my work recognised immediately led to being invited to participate in a curated exhibition at Mayspace, Sydney. This in turn contributed to me being invited to participate in the Flinders Lane Gallery annual Explorations exhibition for artists having no commercial representation. From this exhibition I sold all my available work to national and international buyers. I also won an exhibition with FLG later this year.
I have recently been approached by Mayspace as they have a buyer interested in an edition of my winning M16 work. The money from the M16 prize contributed to a European trip to see the Venice Biennale, Documenta (Kassel and Athens), and the Munster Skulptur Projekte,
What can be a small contribution from a sponsor can leverage a lifetime of change for an artist. And I am very grateful.
Jay Kochel – Joint Winner of the M16 Drawing Prize 2016
The immediate feature of the M16 Drawing Prize that attracted me as an artist overseas is that the works are exhibited unframed. All I had to do was send the drawing to Australia from Shetland rolled in a tube. And I could trust the gallery staff to handle my work professionally. So it is a prize that has this lovely quirk of informality that is combined with absolute professionalism.
Being selected for the prize felt like an endorsement of my approach to drawing, which is ethnographic and therefore distinct from the current trends in contemporary art. To me this suggests that the prize is an expression of an open-minded institution, where selectors judge each work on its own merits. This is a very Australian characteristic that gives the prize vitality.
The award of joint first prize in 2016 was a real treat. Such recognition serves as a public endorsement of my work in two ways. Firstly, it helps me to validate my work in publicity material. And secondly, it reaffirms my continuing identity as an Australian artist, while living and working overseas.
Berenice Carrington – Joint Winner of the M16 Drawing Prize 2016
30 November - 17 December 2017
Opening 6pm Thursday 30 November until 5pm Sunday 17 December
This highly acclaimed prize, which has been running since 2006, includes an array of work produced on paper or other surfaces using either traditional or non-traditional drawing materials and techniques. All entries into this year’s prize were produced within the past 12 months and the exhibition seeks to examine, challenge and open up a dialogue concerning definitions and perceptions of what drawing can be.
The judges for this year’s prize were Elspeth Pitt, A/G Senior Curator, Australian Prints, Drawings & Illustrated Books at the National Gallery of Australia and Tony Oates, Exhibition Curator at the ANU Drill Hall Gallery.
The winners were announced at 6.30pm on the opening night.
The major prize winner of the Beyond Bank Prize of $2500 was Nicci Haynes for her video and drawing Drawing and me.
The CAPO Prize of $1000 was awarded to Chris Carmody with his work How to make 8 colours look like 15.
Tony Curran won the Framing Prize of $500 for his work Sit together, Alone with obligations, and Cuddles.
Cat Mueller won the Eckersley’s Prize of $300 for her work ; whether you're a hipster in the capital C; a 90s clubkid; Only 19; or a second amendment loving Dixie patriot on the hunt. Where did you get those mesh booty shorts? I don’t ask, don’t tell.
The selected finalists for 2017 were:
Zoya Godoroja-Prieckaerts, Nicci Haynes, Keziah Craven, Fiona Little, Amanda Stewart, Shags, Dean Cross, Tahleasin Parker, Martin Paull, Ellen Sleeman-Taylor, Cat Mueller, Kate Stevens, Chris Carmody, Tony Curran, Iona Walsh, Adrian Gilbert, Annika Harding, Dionisia Salas, and Sanne Koelemij
Image: Nicci Haynes ,Drawing and me, 2017, (Still). Courtesy of the artist.
Five artists were singled out for special recognition with the awarding of the 2016 M16 Drawing Prize. This year the prize grew in size due to very generous support from Beyond Bank ($2500) and an anonymous donor, bringing the major prize to a total of $4500.
The total prize pool of $6500 was made possible by the generous support of the Capital Arts Patrons Organisation (CAPO), long time supporters of M16 Artspace, and businesses Eckerselys and The Framing Store Braddon.
The judges, Susan Best, Convenor of Fine Art and Art Theory at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, and reknowned Canberra artist eX DeMedici, chose 2 artists to share the main prize.
The winners are local artist Jay Kochel for his machine drawing Karesansui 1, and Berenice Carrington for her drawing Hair Watch Chain and Myosotis.
Carrington, who left Canberra some time ago, now lives in Shetland on the island of Yell. "A descendant of the family associated with the watch chain suggested I draw it. She thought visitors to the museum often overlooked it, not appreciating that it was crafted out of human hair and given as a gift. The museum is independent and run by volunteers; I look forward to telling them that the quiet watch chain has attracted such a prestigious award," wrote Carrington in her acceptance statement.
Kochel characterises his drawing as "an exploration of scale and time through a singular output of pen to paper using a small plotter. This image, based on Japanese karesansui rock gardens, is a rendering of a 3-dimensional scan taken of an inflatable rock constructed while I was on a residency in Japan. The scale is 1:1. The drawing is comprised of 15 panels, made up of 469,281 lines, taking 5 days, 4 hours, 23 minutes and 31 seconds for the pen to travel a 2.29 km path."
Queensland artist Kellie O'Dempsey won the CAPO Prize of $1000 for her wall drawing with video projection Retrieving Mickey.
Local artist Shags (aka Sharon Gallagher) won the Eckersleys Materials award of $500 in material, for Hurts My Teeth.
Ex-Canberran Dean Cross won The Framing Store Award for his work FULL MOON DREAMING (moonrise over North Arm Cove and Lake Burley Griffin).
The work of all the finalists, a total of 46 works selected from almost 180 entries from around Australia and internationally, is on view until Sunday 18th of December at M16 Artspace.
The finalists are:
Amanda Stuart, Amber Hammad, Angela Parragi, Annie Burns,
Annika Romeyn, Barbara Hodgson, Berenice Carrington, Bernie Slater,
Brian Smith, Byrd, Cat Mueller, Catherine Tait, Claire Primrose, Damien Veal,
Dan Power, Dean Cross, Emma Beer, Hannah Quinlivan, Jane Gerrish,
Jay Kochel, John Clack, Julia Newson, Kellie O'Dempsey, Kim Gan Woo,
Kirsten Hocking, Lizzie Hall, Louisa Giffard, Luke, Hadland, Madisyn Zabel, Maria Petrova, Mariana Del Castillo, Marie Larraine Weir, Michelle Hallinan, Cedric Mims, Naomi Zouwer, Nicci Haynes, Penelope Boyd, Robyn Shaw, Sadat, Laope, Shags, Stephanie Haygarth, Suzanne Knight, Tahleasin Parker, Tobias Clack, Trevor Dunbar, Todo Kensuke, Victoria Cotton.
Image: Jay Kochel, Karesansui 1, 2016, (detail) machine drawing, pen on chalkboard paint on 300gsm Snowden, 141 x 282.5 cm (15 panels 47 x 56.5 cm each) Photo: Brenton McGeachie
Opening 7pm Friday 11 December 2015 until 5pm Sunday 20 December 2015
Opening 7pm Friday 11 December in M16’s gallery 01 and 02 is the annual M16 Artspace 2015 Drawing Prize. The highly acclaimed prize, which has been running since 2006, includes an array of works produced on paper or other surfaces using either traditional or non-traditional drawing materials and techniques. All works entered into this year’s prize were produced within the past 12 months. The exhibition seeks to examine, challenge and open up a dialogue concerning definitions and perceptions of ‘what is drawing’.
The judges for this year’s prize are Deborah Hart, Curator of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Australia, and David Hansen, Associate Professor at the Centre for Art History and Theory, ANU.
The winner of $1000 cash, donated by CAPO and a special accommodation, breakfast and dinner package provided by the Hyatt Hotel, Canberra was Andrea McCuaig for Dance Patterns, a time lapse video work. Two other finalists awarded as Highly Commended, were Kerry Johns who received framing to the value of $500, donated by The Framing Store, Braddon for her work History of an Upland Valley, ink and acrylic on paper 102 x 81cm, and Clare Jackson who was awarded a voucher to the value of $500, donated by Eckersleys, Braddon for her work Leiuburoo (Lost and Found) a series of 11 mixed media drawings.
The 36 finalists selected nationally include - Amy Dunn, Andrea McCuaig, Annie Trevillan, Annika Romeyn, Averil Harris, Cedric Mims, Christopher Burton, Clare Jackson, Damien Veal, David Keany, Ella Whateley, Emma Beer, Emma Hodges, Evan Williams, Georgia Black, Grace Blake, Hannah Beasley, Jacob Potter, Jake Blaschka, Jefrey Rudolf, John Carey, Kerry Johns, Lizzie Hall, Louisa Giffard, Margaret Salt, Martin Claydon, Megan Dixon Dawes, Millan Pintos-Lopez, Nicci Haynes, Rachel Milne, Rebecca Setnicar, Sally Blake, Shags, Valeska Tilly, Vijaya Sen and Yelena Bolevich.
Image Andrea McCuaig, Dance Patterns, 2015, (still) Time lapse video, chalk, acrylic black board paint
5 – 19 December 2014
Marie Hagerty, Artist, Arts Practioner and Consultant
Mark Bayly, Assistant Director Exhibitions and Collections, Canberra Museum and Gallery
1st Prize Cat Mueller - $1000 cash donated by CAPO and a special accommodation package at the Hyatt Hotel Canberra
2nd Prize Nicci Haynes - $500 in framing donated by The Framing Store, Braddon
The M16 Artspace Drawing Prize once again pushes the bounds of ‘what is drawing’. This annual prize has been running since 2006 and continues to grow in quality, volume and boldness. An enthusiastic crowd of artists and art lovers came to the opening on Friday 5 December to find out who won the M16 Artspace Drawing Prize for 2014. Guests were also treated to live music entertainment by the Night Café duo.
Selected from 130 entries, the exhibition of finalists features 78 works from local and interstate artists and includes, digital, pencil, paint, print and sculpture. In particular, Hannah Quinlivan’s wall sculpture, Connective tissue ‘wirey’ connecting lines sparked numerous discussions surrounding the definition of drawing. The judges for 2014, Marie Hagerty and Mark Bayly both agreed from the outset that their first job was to determine what might constitute a drawing, while not being prejudiced about media investigation. In particular they were looking for a sense of immediacy and agency in a winner, while also being conscious of how specific works existed within the context of individual artists' practices.
First prize has been awarded to Cat Mueller’s energetic work Rattled. Bayly said of Mueller’s work, “Rattled is bold and exuberant and I personally really enjoyed the artist's use of markers - at once juvenile but actually a medium which requires an unerring sense of application. Mueller's work suggests at once the joyfulness of children's sweets and the glitz of Christmas giftwrap and the expectant, anarchic act of unwrapping. The work also possesses the strange and unsettling quality of sub-molecular particles under microscopic investigation.”
Nicci Haynes was awarded second prize for her sensitive work, Speech Acts. Haynes says about her work, “I have been thinking a lot about the methods we (humans) use to convert the stuff in our heads into ‘communication’. I think about writing, and I think about speaking and I think about gesture. I think about body language. And I think about thinking.”
Congratulations to all the finalists – Roger Beale, Daniel Becker, Sally Blake, Penelope Boyd, Julie Bradley, Di Broomhall, Katharine Campbell, John Carolan, Rory Lee Carter, Susan Chancellor, Tommy Crow, Wayne Churcher, Dorte Conroy, Joan Costanzo, Shan Crosbie, Trevor Dunbar, Amy Dunn, Jane Dunn, Sarah Earle, Michele England, Kirsten Farrell, Elizabeth Faul, Damien Flanagan, John Forrester Clack, Shellaine Godbold, Joanne Handley, Averil Harris, John Hart, Jeremy Hawkes, Nicci Haynes, Barbara Hodgson, Cherylynn Holmes, Yang-En Hume, Lisa Jones, Yasmin Keany, Emma Kelly, Valerie Kirk, Dash Kossman, Erik Krebs-Schade, Michaela Laurie, Jennifer Maclaine-cross, Jill Mail, Jenny Manning, Stephanie McClory, Carmel McCrow, Cat Mueller, Becky Nevin Berger, Sacha Nixon, Belle Palmer, Jemima Parker, Angela Parragi, Ros Paton, Stephan Patrech, Emilie Patteson, Manuel Pfieffer, Pic Poc, Hannah Quinlivan, Neil Renfree, Ian Robertson, Annika Romeyn, Arjen Romeyn, Brenda Runnegar, Bradley Santos, Madeleine Searl, Shags, Glenda Shelley, Kerry Shepherdson, Kate Smith, Julie Spencer, Valeska Tilly, Rose Townsend, Keelt Van Order, Damien Veal, Ben Walton, Eve Austin White, Corrie Wright and Naomi Zouwer.
Image details: Nicci Haynes, Speech Acts, Ink, screen print on book pages.
6 – 20 December 2013
Merryn Gates, Curator, Consultant and Arts Writer
Jim Kaucz, Artist, Canberra Times Centenary Drawing
1st Prize Julie Bradley- $1000 cash donated by CAPO and a special accommodation package at the Hyatt Hotel Canberra
2nd Prize Tilden Eldidge - $500 in framing donated by The Framing Store, Braddon
The M16 Artspace Drawing Prize once again pushes the bounds of ‘what is drawing’. This annual prize has been running since 2006 and continues to grow in quality, volume and boldness. Selected from 120 entries, the exhibition of finalists features 60 works from local and interstate artists and includes performance, digital, pencil, glass and sculpture. In particular, Tracey Sarsfield’s Rapt/Wrapped floor sculpture of connecting lines has sparked numerous discussions surrounding the definition of drawing. The judges, Merryn Gates and Jim Kaucz, both said they were looking for quality of line and that the winning drawings all invited the viewer to look closer and remained interesting each time they looked at them.
An enthusiastic crowd of artists and art lovers came to the opening on Friday 6 December to find out who won the M16 Artspace Drawing Prize for 2013. Guests were also treated to a live dance, music and drawing improvisation by SCHWA.
First prize went to Julie Bradley for her mixed media work Serious Moonlight. Bradley skilfully employs many techniques – stencilled outlines of animals made using washes and gouache, collaged cut outs of handmade papers and detailed observational line drawings of plant forms.
Tilden Eldridge was awarded second prize for his sensitive drawing of a gum tree. This impressive work is 200cm tall and using simply charcoal on canvas, Eldridge explores the many different textures and surfaces of the bark of a tree we are all so familiar with.
Jemima Parker close investigation of concrete won her third prize. The work titled Concrete Study: Mount Stromolo Observatory is made up of thousands of patiently placed dots, resulting in a drawing that is simultaneously highly observed and also abstract.
The exhibition is open to the public 12 – 5, Wednesday – Sunday and by appointment until 20 December. M16 Artspace will reopen on 22 January.
Congratulations to all the finalists – S.A. Adair, Janet Angus, Hannah Bath, Sally Blake, Julie Bradley, Dianna Budd, Katharine Campbell, Oscar Capezio, Chris Carmody, Wayne Churcher, Nick Cirulis, Dörte Conroy, Cindy Curby, Carmela D'ambrosio, Alice Desmond, Sally Dunbar, Trevor Dunbar, Amy Dunn, Jane Dunn, Til Eldridge, Linzie Ellis, Elizabeth Faul, John Forrester Clack, Juanita Gabriel, Annika Harding, Nicci Haynes, Caroline Huf, Yang-en Hume, Susanne Ilschner, Yasmin Keany, Emma Kelly, Valerie Kirk, Emma LeStrange, Jeremy Lepisto, Fiona Little, Jenny Manning, Yasmin Masri, Leoni Mayes, Stephanie McClory, Jayne McSwiney, Al Munro, Katy Mutton, Jemima Parker, Steven Patrech, Emilie Patteson, Hannah Quinlivan, Ian Robertson, Annika Romeyn, Brenda Runnegar, Tracey Sarsfield, Adriana Seserko, Kerry Shepherdson, Aria Stone, Ria Tierney, Barbara van der Linden, Damien Veal, Iona Walsh, Mirra Whale, Evan Williams, Barak Zelig.
Image details: Winner of 2013 Drawing Prize Julie Bradley, Serious Moonlight, 2013,(detail) mixed media.