2016 John Leslie Art Prize Finalists

Keeping everyone guessing until now… the finalists have been shortlisted for the 2016 John Leslie Art Prize.


With 47 leading and emerging Australian artists, the award will showcasing the best of contemporary landscape painting. The $20,000 non-acquisitive award and biennial exhibition will feature works by Tanya Baily, Claire Bridge, Tim Bučković, Kevin Chin, Jason Cordero, Gabrielle Courtenay, Peter Daverington, Jeremy Elkington, Josh Foley, Betra Fraval, Gavin Fry, Oscar Garcia, Linda Gibbs, Stephen Haley, Nicholas Harding, Adrian Headland, Sarah Hendy, Nigel Hewitt, Sophia Hewson, Justin Holt, Alan Jones, Linda Joy, Gina Kalabishis, Richard Knafelc, Richard Maude, Andrew Mezei, Viv Miller, Saffron Newey, Grant Nimmo, Adam Nudelman, Allyson Parsons, Amelda Read-Forsythe, Victoria Reichelt, Mark Rodda, Phil Ryan, Ken Smith, Adriane Strampp, A.J. Taylor, Ross Taylor, Leah Thiessen, Sarah Tomasetti, Brett Weir, Anita West, Naomi White, Kim Wilson, Alice Wormald, and Chee Yong.

The judges for this year include, Marielle Soni – Director, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne; Melinda Martin – Director, Linden New Art, Melbourne; and Shannon Smiley – Artist and winner of the 2014 John Leslie Art Prize.

The recipient of the $20,000 non-acquisitive 2016 John Leslie Art Prize will be announced on the evening of Friday 2 September, with the exhibition opening to the public on Saturday 3 September.

Good luck to the finalists!

John Leslie Art Prize
3 September – 20 November
Gippsland Art Gallery

Image: Alan JONES Painting 159 (Dunningham Reserve) 2016, acrylic on linen, 122cm x 137cm
Courtesy the artist and Gippsland Art Gallery.