Sarah Goffman Wins the 1st Still Life Award

Congratulations Sarah Goffman, winner of the inaugural Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery’s STILL: National Still Life Award.

Sydney-based artist, Goffman entered her work ‘Asian Table’, which is a reproduction of ancient Chinese ceramics. And on second glance reveals that is created from intricately-painted, recycled plastic.

In receiving the prize Goffman stated, “I am overwhelmed and so grateful to win this award,” said Ms Goffman. “Art prizes present a conundrum. I have mixed feelings, if only every artist in this exhibition could be awarded $20,000. It’s brave to make art, we make ourselves vulnerable and we’re not always rewarded for it.”

In its first year the popularity of the prize was clear with a total of 605 entries for the Award, which is open to all forms of artworks.

The judge of the biennial prize – Lisa Slade, Assistant Director, Artistic Programmes, Art Gallery of South Australia – described STILL as ‘a game changer’.

“STILL has placed the still life genre at the heart of contemporary art practice. There is a real sense that something new is happening here,” she said.

Slade also awarded a total of five commendations to Tiffany Cole, Sarah Edmondson, Guy Gilmour, Sam Leach and Prue Venables.

The People’s Choice Award of $5000 was shared by Coffs Harbour artist Ben Fayle for his work ‘Rose Coloured Glasses No.2’ and Sydney photographer Greg Weight’s ‘Bohemian Table’.

STILL is currently on display at the Regional Gallery, featuring the work of 63 finalists from across Australia. Not limited to a single medium, it includes a huge range from painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, ceramics, glass, sculpture, video to printmaking and textiles.

There was collective agreement and excitement about the new prize and the challenge it poses for contemporary artists to respond to.

EXHIBITION
STILL: National Still Life Award
Until 20 January 2018
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery

Images courtesy the artists and the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW.