Winner of The Alice Prize 2024

Fiona Foley, Janjari

I am thrilled to announce that The Alice Prize 2024 is awarded to Butchulla (Badtjala) artist Fiona Foley for her video work Janjari. This is an important, ambitious, and arresting moving image work by a fearless artist whose remarkable career over more than 35 years and across multiple mediums and forms, has consistently interrogated the hidden histories that are suppressed and erased because of colonisation.

Janjari is a Butchulla word for spirit guardian. In Fiona Foley’s Janjari, the magnificent landscape of K’gari (Fraser Island) – and its carpet snake creation story – is the setting for a sweeping meditation on colonial mythmaking versus truth-telling in the present. Her cast of characters wordlessly reclaim Country through ritual and dance, garbed in traditional nineteenth-century costume as a gesture aiming to dismantle past ethnographic practices that have oppressed First Nations people through classification and control.

Though it is a work rich with symbolism, its message is direct and clear, ensuring the hidden histories haunting this particular story are brought into the glorious light of this island setting. Congratulations to Fiona Foley, who was a Highly Commended entrant previously in 2020 for taking out The Alice Prize now in 2024.

Dr Daniel Mudie Cunningham

Highly Commended 

Mary Barton, The Walls We Build Ourselves – Mesh Enmesh
Local artist Mary Barton is a bold colourist whose painting responds to the evolving built environment of Alice Springs with a vibrant abstract work that packs a punch.

Sally M Nangala Mulda, Two Woman, Pay Day
Local artist Sally M Nangala Mulda’s Two Woman, Pay Day depicts
everyday scenes of Mparntwe camp life: her diaristic work documenting the social and political impacts of colonisation with a beguiling intimacy and warmth.

People’s Choice

Mrs Simpson by Fiona Johnson

The Alice Prize

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 over 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.

Alice Springs Art Foundation

Celebrating 50 years

The Alice Prize and the Alice Springs Art Foundation were set up in 1970 to bring contemporary art from across Australia to Alice Springs for the benefit of its isolated, arts-hungry residents. The first exhibition was held on 3 October 1970.

Important Dates

The Alice Prize 2024

Entries Closed: January 31, 2024

Finalist notifications: sent February 13, 2024

Exhibition Dates: Friday March 22 – May 12. 2024

Official Opening and Announcement of Winner

Friday March 22 at 6.00 pm. Araluen Arts Centre

Exhibition

The exhibition of finalists is open to the public at the Araluen Arts Centre from March 22 to May 12. 2024

The biennial acquisitive Prize is based at the Araluen Arts Centre, which was built in 1984 after energetic lobbying from the Art Foundation and others wanting a more distinguished venue and a professional storage facility for the growing Central Australian arts collections.

The Alice Prize collection is a notable part of the Araluen collection and is drawn on frequently for exhibitions. 

www.araluenartscentre.nt.gov.au

Finalists

The selection process was intense, with 372 entries assessed by the expert selection panel.

We congratulate the following 62 artists on being selected as finalists for the acquisitive prize.

The exhibition for The Alice Prize 2024 is open from at the Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs or you can view it online.

Marisa Avano
Jenna Lee
Matthew  Clarke
Erica Seccombe
Naomi Hobson
cleo wilkinson
Lee Harrop
Katie Bradley
Aaron Pei Pie
Fiona Foley (Winner)
Linda Fardoe
rachel  farag
Rhonda Pryor
Christine Ng
Fiona Johnson
Melanie Cobham
Rob Brown
Henry Smith
Anna Weston
Ingrid Morley
John Derrick

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Vipoo Srivilasa
Jake Moss
Jordan Andreotta
Nathan Wright
Franca Barraclough
Kirrily Jordan
Liz Payne
Pauline Sunfly
Mary Barton (Highly Commended)
Tina Bain
Sara Maiorino
J9 Stanton
Craig Handley
Sarah Mufford
Sally M Nangala Mulda (Highly Commended)
Natasha Perkins
Althea Wong
Brian Robinson
Robert Fielding
martin king
Margaret Ambridge
Peta  West 
Melanie Sinclair
Rosie Hastie
Claire Freer
Charles Inkamala
Anna Glynn
Nyunmiti Burton
Sandra Pumani
Georgie Mattingley
Ellie  Hannon
anna reynolds
Elizabeth  Kngwarray
Billy Kenda
Adrian Robertson
Fliss Dodd
Virginia Keft
Tanya Linney
Sally Mumford
Gretel Bull
Steven Jupurrurla Nelson
Dr Daniel Mudie Cunningham

Dr Daniel Mudie Cunningham

Judge

Judge

Dr Daniel Mudie Cunningham is a independent curator, writer, artist and lecturer at the National Art School.

Based on Gadigal land, Sydney, his most recent roles include co-artistic director of Liveworks Festival for Performance Space in October 2023 and curating Cementa Festival for September 2024.

Instagram @danmudcun

 

SELECTION PANEL 2024

Selection of artists for the Alice Prize exhibition is done by a panel of three arts practitioners drawn from different areas of contemporary Australian art. The Alice Prize itself is awarded to one of the exhibiting artists by a single judge who is prominent in one of the many aspects of the contemporary art industry in Australia. As a result of this process, there is now a significant collection of art in Alice Springs accumulated since 1970. The ongoing attraction of the Prize and the quality of the collection support the driving principle of the Prize, which has been to bring the best of Australian contemporary art to remote Central Australia.

LUCY STEWART

LUCY STEWART

LUCY STEWART is the Lecturer in Visual Arts and Arts Administration at Charles Darwin University in Mparntwe (Alice Springs)

An artist, arts administrator, and educator, Lucy first arrived in the NT in 1992 and has spent most of her time living and working on Arrernte Country in Mparntwe (Alice Springs). She has experience across a wide range of arts organisations including the Araluen Arts Centre, Arts NT, Tasmanian Regional Arts and Red Hot Arts Central Australia. Until recently Lucy was the Director of the artists cooperative Central Craft.

Her art practice spans media art, ceramics, and community cultural development, focusing on collaborative artmaking and response to place. For 20-plus years her practice has facilitated arts projects that support increased awareness of Mparntwe sacred sites. Most significantly the Yeperenye Sculpture at the Araluen Cultural Precinct and the Alice to Mparntwe Sacred Sites Tours for Artists that have been running since 2007. Coordinated with senior custodian Doris Stuart Kngwarreye and fellow artist Dan Murphy. She is currently undertaking a creative PhD (through Charles Darwin University) focused on custodian storytelling as a tool for arts-based social action; her project seeks to extend the creative impact of the Alice to Mparntwe tours.

DALLAS GOLD

DALLAS GOLD

DALLAS GOLD was born in Sydney 1956. He became involved in the creative side of the hospitality industry in Newcastle in the 1980s. He then studied Visual Arts at Newcastle University in 1991 and at Charles Darwin University in 1992 and 1993. He held his first solo exhibition, ‘Cornucopia’ in Darwin in 1993 and then continued practising as a visual artist until opening an art gallery in Darwin in 2001 called RAFT Artspace. Dallas, as the director of RAFT Artspace, facilitated more than 150 exhibitions before relocating to Alice Springs in 2010. At RAFT in Alice Springs he continued his commitment to respond to Indigenous Art as a movement in art.

Recently RAFT after 23 years and more than 300 exhibitions has ceased operating.

Dallas remains passionate and is in the process of changing the role he plays contributing to the arts.

 

 

PETRIT ABAZI

PETRIT ABAZI

PETRIT ABAZI is Director of the Northern Centre for Contemporary (NCCA), Darwin, Larrakia Land. Born in Kosovo, he has a BA in Art History from the University of Trento, Italy and an MA in Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne (Naarm).

Over the past two decades Petrit has worked on over 60 exhibitions on Australian, Aboriginal and international art and material culture for arts organisations in Australia and Europe, wiring in over 200 texts on art in over 60 publications.

 

 

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