Finalists announced for The SUBSTATION Contemporary Art Prize

Deborah Kelly, Lying Women (video still), 2016, animated collage with original scoreTwenty seven contemporary artworks spanning metal laser etchings, video and sound projection, sculpture, printed canvas and other innovative art practices have been selected to embellish the industrial spaces of The SUBSTATION, Newport – as part of the 2016 Contemporary Art Prize (SCAP) exhibition.

Established in 2011 to encourage and showcase the best current Australian contemporary arts practice across all mediums/genres, SCAP received 217 entries from around the country. The 27 finalists selected to exhibit represent a major survey of the current spectrum of contemporary Australian art practice.

The SUBSTATION Contemporary Art Prize 2016 Finalists are: Lauren Brincat (NSW), Laura Carthew (VIC), Danica Chappell (VIC), Sophie Clague (NSW), Zoe Croggon (VIC), Rachel Feery (VIC), Tamsin Green (VIC), Robert Hague (VIC), Paul Handley (VIC), Joy Ivill (NSW), Deborah Kelly (NSW), Laresa Kosloff (VIC), Sonia Leber & David Chesworth (VIC), Simon MacEwan (VIC), Hermione Merry & Henriette Kassay-Schuster (VIC), Phuong Ngo (VIC), Naomi Nicholls (VIC), Mira Oosterweghel (VIC), Claudia Phares (VIC), Michael Prior (VIC), Jack Rowland (VIC), Paul Sloan (VIC), Nicholas Smith (VIC), Kate Tucker (VIC), Yandell Walton (VIC), Lisa Waup (VIC), and Paul White (VIC).

The winning Australian resident artist will be announced at the exhibition opening on Thursday 8 September, and will receive a non–acquisitive major prize of $10,000 (sponsored by Metro). A second artist from Melbourne’s Greater Western Suburbs will be announced as the recipient of The Westie Award – receiving a $2,000 cash prize (sponsored by Hobsons Bay City Council).

The SUBSTATION Contemporary Art Prize has featured some of the most exciting artists from around Australia. Previous recipients include Nathan Gray (2014, VIC), Eric Bridgeman (2013, NSW), Ash Keating (2012, VIC) and Jeremy Kibel (2011, VIC). Judges for 2016 included: Kelly Gellatly, Director – The Ian Potter Museum of Art and Simon Maidment, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art – National Gallery of Victoria.

The SUBSTATION Contemporary Art Prize exhibition will run: 8 September – 8 October 2016. For more information, visit: for details.

Image: Deborah Kelly, Lying Women (video still), 2016, animated collage with original score (supplied)