The John Curtin Gallery (JCG) has once again partnered with The Collectors Club of Western Australia and the Kerry Stokes Collection to host the prestigious John Stringer Prize – created in honour of acclaimed curator, the late John Stringer (1945–2007). The annual Prize was established in 2015, and commissions six Western Australian artists to create new work from which the winning artist will be determined by a secret ballot conducted by The Collectors Club members.
The 2019 John Stringer Prize finalists are Bjoern Rainer Adamson, Ngamaru Bidu, Rebecca Dagnall, Elham Eshraghian, Kendal Gear and Holly O’Meehan.
The artists were selected by an independent selection panel consisting of Sandra Murray, Art Curator at Bankwest and The Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia; Lia McKnight, Visual Artist and Collection Manager at Curtin University; and Sarah Yukich, Collection Administrator at the Kerry Stokes Collection.
The exhibition, at the JCG, will feature new work created specifically by the six Western Australian contemporary artists, working in a range of media including photography, video, sculpture, textiles, ceramics and painting.
The Prize was established in memory of John Stringer, renowned Curator of the Kerry Stokes Collection and advisor to The Collectors Club, who passed away in 2007. It honours John’s life and the legacy of his influence on and contribution to local visual arts and culture. In keeping with John’s passionate devotion to the arts, and his wish to see greater patronage of local talent, the Prize is intended to encourage and support Western Australian artists. The Prize, which was conceived and facilitated by The Collectors Club, connects locally based artists with collectors, thus contributing to the vibrancy and economic viability of the Western Australian art scene.