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Art & Design – the churchie emerging art prize 2021

October 22 - December 18

The churchie emerging art prize 2021 opened at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, on 9 October and runs to 18 December.

The churchie 2021 prize announcement will take place at the opening of the exhibition on Friday 22 October.

This year’s exhibition is especially exciting for Brisbane audiences as it showcases four local artists, including:

  • Christopher Bassi, whose work Shade from the Sunis currently on show at the Museum of Brisbane;
  • Visaya Hoffie, who recently wowed audiences with her pop up exhibition in the Valley;
  • Kyra Mancktelow, this year’s winner of the Emerging Artist Award at the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards; and
  • Ivy Minniecon, whose work pictures local Indigenous legends including Tony Albert, Bianca Beetson and Dylan Mooney.

‘the churchie’ is one of Australia’s leading prizes for emerging artists. Presented at the Institute of Modern Art since 2019, the finalists’ exhibition provides a survey of the compelling and diverse work being produced by emerging artists today.

The 2021 finalists are: Akil Ahamat, Tiyan Baker, Christopher Bassi, Leon Russell (Cameron) Black, Ohni Blu, Riana Head-Toussaint, Visaya Hoffie, Kait James, Alexa Malizon, Kyra Mancktelow, Ivy Minniecon, Nina Sanadze, Jayanto Tan, and Joanne Wheeler.

The Major Prize winner will receive a $15,000 non-acquisitive cash prize provided by long-standing sponsor BSPN Architecture, to be announced by a guest judge, Rhana Devenport ONZM, Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Davenport will also award a Special Commendation Prize of $5,000, sponsored by Fardoulys Constructions, as well as two $1,000 Commendation Prizes sponsored by Madison Cleaning Services. A People’s Choice Award of $3,000, also sponsored by Madison Cleaning Services, will be awarded by popular vote at the conclusion of the finalists’ exhibition.

The finalists exhibition is guest curated by artist, writer, and curator Grace Herbert in a role sponsored by Armitstead ART Consulting.

Cover image, Ivy Minniecon, ‘White Washing’, 2021. Photo: Joe Ruckli.


Institute of Modern Art
420 Brunswick Street
Fortitude Valley, Queensland 4006 Australia
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the churchie
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