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Six Tasmanians have been selected among 32 national finalists in what is believed to be the world’s richest landscape art award, the Hadley’s Art Prize, announced today.

The annual acquisitive prize, worth a lucrative $100,000 will be awarded to the artwork that best portrays the Australian landscape.

In only its second year, entries have almost doubled, with organisers recording a staggering 640 submissions.

Finalists were selected by a panel of three national art specialists – Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Exhibitions and Collections at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Clothilde Bullen, Principal Curator of Art at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Jane Stewart and prolific hyper-real artist, Michael Zavros.

Prize Judge, Jane Stewart, said deliberations over the finalists’ selection were arduous and not without debate between the three judges.

“There was great diversity between the artists, which we have tried our best to represent in the shortlist,” Ms Stewart said.

Ms Stewart said of the 32 finalists, 11 artworks were by Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island artists.

“It was terrific to see interest from a number of Aboriginal artists, many of whom bring such a vital perspective to Australian landscape,” she said.

Ms Stewart said the six Tasmanian finalists would also bring an important viewpoint to what was shaping up to be an exciting exhibition.

Prize Curator Dr Amy Jackett said the variety and high quality of finalists’ artworks this year would
appeal to a wide audience.

“The finalists have provided a vibrant and diverse range of responses to the Australian landscape,
which visitors will be able to experience up close next month,” Dr Jackett said.

The winner and recipients of the highly commended awards will be announced at the opening of an
exhibition of finalists’ work, to be held in two custom-designed galleries in the John Webb room and
Leadlight room at Hadley’s Orient Hotel on 20 July.

“There are some fantastic events on offer during the exhibition including presentations in
partnership with UTAS about landscape and place, guided tours and packages with Hadley’s
signature afternoon tea, as well as the extended Education Kit for school groups, which has been
endorsed by the Arts Education Australia,” Dr Jackett said.

“There’s really something for everyone in the finalists’ exhibition.”

The Hadley’s Art Prize is one of Australia’s most significant and lucrative art awards, with the winning
entry added to a permanent art collection at Hadley’s Orient Hotel, alongside last year’s winning
artwork.

The Hadley’s Art Prize Exhibition is open to the public and runs from 21 July to 25 August.

The Finalists ...

Tasmania
Raymond Arnold, Toward Light: Aboriginal Landscape- Big Punchbowl
Alex Davern, Outside, cold, nowhere to go
Sam Field, Always Was Always Will Be (The Big Prawn in Ballina)
Neil Haddon, The Visit
David Keeling, Where the light falls, Cornelian Bay
Milan Milojevic, Terra Incognita
Victoria
David Beaumont, William Buckley Joins the Circus. The Houses Whisper (William Buckley series)
Natasha Bieniek, Biopod #2
Josie Birchall, Treasure Island
Marieke Dench, The Meeting after Glover (The River Derwent and Hobart Town and Ullswater, early Morning)
Jennifer Riddle, Verdant Garden
Kate Shaw, The Grandmother- 1908 The Gorge
South Australia
Alec Baker, Ngayuku Ngura (My Country)
Betty Kuntiwa Pumani, Antara
Western Australia
Gloria, Untitled
Nola Campbell, All of Patjarr
Jacobus Capone, Wounds 1 & 2
Robert Gear, Outpost 2
Daisy Japulija, Billabong Country at Floodwater Time
Eva Nargoodah, Kulawa
Debbie Walker Tremlett, A Darkening Sky Over Suburbia
Northern Territory
Katjarra Butler, Ngamurru
Nyarapayi Giles, Warmurrungu
Tjukupati James, Kunga Kutjara
Charlotte Phillipus Napurulla, Kalipinya
Sarah Pirrie, Macrotidal Quadrat 01
Queensland
Leisl Mott, Wait a Moment
New South Wales
Min-Woo Bang, Feeling in highland
Amelia Carroll, Alpineroad-1 2 / 3…
Craig Handley, The Trappings, late 2017
Janet Laurence, Shades of the Sacred
Idris Murphy, Black emu evening and hill side, Mutawintji