Winner of the 40th Alice Prize

Robert Andrew – Whitewash Over the Burn

The Araluen Arts Centre and the Alice Springs Art Foundation would like to congratulate Robert Andrew as the winner of this year’s The Alice Prize.
Andrews’ work “Whitewash over the burn” was announced as the winner of the acquisition award this evening by this year’s judge Brian Ritchie, MONA FOMA curator.
Image: Robert Andrew, Whitewash over the burn, 2017, burnt timber boards – aluminium, ochre, oxides.

Artist’s Statement

“In ‘Whitewash over the burn’ (2017) I took wooden panels from my colonial-era house in Brisbane, which would have been cut from trees predating colonisation. My great-grandmother was of the Yawuru people, from the Broome area in the Kimberley region in Western Australia. I used a CNC machine to embed the boards with text from her repeated applications for citizenship and subsequent denials.

Once lit, the boards were quenched with ochre and oxides that seeped into the cracks and then covered with white chalk to bind. Often historical documents were intentionally burnt to destroy and cover up atrocious acts against Indigenous people, and I used this process of burning to enact mirror this form of violence back upon the English text as a cathartic strategy.”



In 2018, the Alice Prize will celebrate its 40th incarnation with an increased award for the winning artwork, of $40,000.

The Alice Prize is an acquisitive national contemporary art prize, welcoming entries from around Australia, in any medium or theme.

Significant among regional art prizes, the Alice Prize contributes to one of the largest regional collections of Australian art, with works by leading artists from across its near 50 year history.

Coordinated by the Alice Springs Art Foundation, the Alice Prize is judged by an expert selection panel and judge of national standing, with national exposure for exhibiting artists and the opportunity to show in Mparntwe/Alice Springs, the cultural heart of Australia.


Important Dates

  • Following the selection process in February 2018 artists have been advised of the outcome by email and a list of artists selected for the Alice Prize appears below (scroll down a bit).
  • Official Opening & announcement of Winner Fri 27 April 2018 6pm at Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
  • Exhibition Dates Sat 28 April to  Mon 17 June
  • Announcement of People’s Choice winner Tues 18 June


judge of the 2018 The Alice Prize art awardThe judge of the 40th Alice Prize will be Brian Ritchie, MONA FOMA curator and Violent Femmes bass player.

“I’m excited to be given the opportunity to judge the Alice Prize. It’s a venerable and inclusive initiative. Alice is one of the most stunning areas in Australia. I have grown fond of it over the past years due to Bush Bands Bash. The people are wonderful and it’s a power spot for art.”

Selection Panel

The selection panel for 2018:

  • Kelli Cole, Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, National Gallery of Australia
  • Cassandra Lehman, Brisbane-based arts consultant and curator and former coordinator of the Alice Prize
  • Luke Scholes, Curator of Aboriginal Art, MAGNT

Peoples’ Choice Award

Successful applicants whose works are exhibited will also be eligible to win the $1000 Peoples Choice Award.


Franca Barraclough
Ngarralja Tommy May
Jimmy Pompey
Vincent Namatjira
David Asher Brook
Louise Allerton
Suzi Lyon
Joy Ivill
Selena de Carvalho
Natacha Arena
Gerwyn Davies
Billy Tjampijinpa Kenda
Adrian Jangala Robertson
Sonya Peters
Margaret Ambridge
Kenneth Lambert
Colleen Ngwarraye Morton

Claire Freer
Jean and Barbara Long
Del Kathryn Barton
Brooke Walker
J9 Stanton
Jade Court-Gold
Gunjan Aylawadi
Robert Andrew
Hannah Quinlivan
Angela Tiatia
Fiona Foley
Thomas C. Chung
Amala Groom
Hayley Arjona
Juz Kitson
Caroline Kronenberg
Doris Nungarrayi Bush
India Flint

Erica Seccombe
Alice Blanch
Ash Keating
Therese Ritchie
Anna Nazzari
Michael Vale
Rebecca Dagnall
Michael Lindeman
Lauri Smith
Lee Harrop
Tom Freeman
Matthew Clarke
Katjarra Butler
Daniel Butterworth
Nonggirrnga Marawili
Aly de Groot
Grace Robinya
Jennifer Taylor

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