Ramsay Art Prize 2017

Finalists announced for inaugural $100,000 Ramsay Art Prize.


Twenty-one finalists have been selected for the inaugural Ramsay Art Prize, Australia’s richest prize for young contemporary artists.

The finalists are: Tony Albert (NSW) Khadim Ali (NSW) Jacobus Capone (WA) Celeste Chandler (VIC) Sarah Contos (NSW) Georgina Cue (VIC) Keg de Souza (NSW) Julie Fragar (QLD) Teelah George (WA) Natalya Hughes (NSW) Trent Jansen (NSW) Ash Keating (VIC) Owen Leong (NSW) Vincent Namatjira (SA) Joey Nganjmirra (NT) Baden Pailthorpe (NSW) Clare Peake (WA) Jason Phu (NSW) Rebecca Selleck (ACT) James Tylor (SA) Justine Varga (NSW).

Art Gallery of South Australia, Director, Nick Mitzevich said ‘The Ramsay Art Prize is an important legacy project for the Art Gallery of South Australia that we hope will build confidence in Australian art, foster young talent and change the way young artists are valued in the canon of contemporary art.’

Over 450 artists under the age of forty submitted entries for the 2017 Ramsay Art Prize. The twenty-one finalists were selected by a judging panel of contemporary art specialists including Director of the Auckland Art Gallery, Rhana Devenport, Australian artist Nell and the Art Gallery of South Australia’s inaugural Curator of Contemporary Art, Leigh Robb.

All works selected as finalists will be exhibited in a major exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia from 27 May to 27 August 2017. The winner will be judged from the exhibition and announced on Friday 26 May.

2017 Ramsay Art Prize finalists are also eligible for a People’s Choice Prize supported by sponsors Lipman Karas. Visitors to the exhibition can have their say and kick start an ambitious artist’s career by casting their vote and awarding them a $15,000 cash prize. The People’s Choice Prize is non-acquisitive.

Ramsay Art Prize 2017
27 May to 27 August 2017
Art Gallery of South Australia

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