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2014 RACT Insurance Portraiture Prize winner announced ...

RACT Insurance CEO Trent Sayers
19.09.14 6:05 pm

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Cameron McRae: David Foster enters the Burnie Betta Milk Wearable Paper Art Prize

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Shannon Terry: A small idol of mine

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Tilly Clough: Dad

The winner of the 2014 RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize (TPP) has been revealed, with a
piece depicting a nude David Foster wearing a paper mask taking out the top award.

Judges Robert Hannaford, Jane Stewart and Alex Davern deliberated right until the last moment,
ultimately crowning Cameron McRae the winner for his piece, aptly titled David Foster enters the
Burnie Betta Milk Wearable Paper Art Prize.

Renowned Australian portraiture artist and multi-finalist for the Archibald Prize, Robert Hannaford,
said the quality of entries in this year’s TPP was fantastic and really showcased the talent of
Tasmania’s young and up-and-coming artists.

“It was a tough decision for Jane, Alex and I, however, Cameron’s piece is quite unique and was
ruled as the overall winner for the 2014 prize,” Mr Hannaford said.

“Cameron is a deserving winner and should be very proud his piece caught the attention of the
judges in what was a very difficult judging process.

“Overall there were some truly amazing pieces in this year’s competition and I look forward to
seeing the portraiture genre continue to grow in Tasmania.”

Mr Hannaford said the 2014 runner-up was awarded to Shannon Terry from South Hobart, with a
piece entitled A small idol of mine.

“All of us thought this piece was fantastic and Shannon should be very proud, especially given it is
very rare to have a unanimous decision in an art prize,” he said.

Entrants were invited to paint a portrait of a living Tasmanian who is important to them and supply a
statement describing the inspiration and meaning behind the work.

RACT Insurance CEO Trent Sayers said he was proud to once again be associated with the Tasmanian
Portraiture Prize and its contribution to art and creativity in the state.

“As the only locally based insurance company in Tasmania, we are proud to support activities such as
the TPP and I would like to acknowledge all the artists who entered this year,” Mr Sayers said.

“I would like to especially congratulate the winner of the 2014 RACT Insurance Tasmanian
Portraiture Prize, Cameron McRae, as well as runner-up Shannon Terry, as I know the entries were of
a very high standard this year.

“I would also like to acknowledge this year’s Sponsors Choice winner, Tilly Clough, for her
outstanding piece, titled Dad.

“This award is decided by the staff of all the stakeholders involved in the TPP and I am sure Tilly will
be delighted that her piece has resonated with so many.”

This year, a Packers Prize category was also created, which was voted on by those who unpacked
and hung all the works today, with Jesse Hunniford winning the category and taking home $500 with
the piece Am I a man or a puppet.

Mr Sayers said while four category winners had now been announced, he urged everyone to view all
the pieces and cast their votes for the People’s Choice Award.

“Voting for the 2014 RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize People’s Choice will close at the
end of the exhibition season, with the winner announced on Monday, 2 February 2015, so I urge all
Tasmanians to get along to the exhibitions and cast their votes at http://www.taspp.com.au,” he said.

This year’s judging panel consisted of the 2013 RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize winner
Alex Davern, renowned Australian portraiture artist Robert Hannaford, and Curator of the
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) Jane Stewart.

The competition, now in its seventh year, was established to create a platform for emerging
Tasmanian artists aged under 30 to exhibit their talents, while also developing a body of portraiture
that reflects life in 21st century Tasmania.

As the winner of the 2014 RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize, Cameron McRae will receive
$5000 in prize money as well as a trip for two to the Archibald Prize exhibition in Sydney, while
Shannon Terry will receive $2000 to assist with studio rent.

RACT Insurance encourages all Tasmanians to come along and support the state’s emerging artists at
the TPP exhibition in the Long Gallery in Hobart from 20 September – 5 October, the Sawtooth
Gallery in Launceston from the 31 October – 22 November and the Burnie Regional Gallery from the
12 December – 31 January 2015.

ARTIST STATEMENTS

WINNER – Cameron McRae – David Foster enters the Burnie Betta Milk Wearable Paper Art Prize
This is a portrait of David Foster entering the Burnie Betta Milk Wearable Paper Art Prize. I guess I
kind of wonder about whether art has any social value or not. It would be easier if I thought it did,
but really at the moment drawing seems like a fairly selfish activity. You get a lot of strange things
when people try and foster (sorry) ‘creativity’, and I suppose at the end of it you’re left with
something interesting. And I suppose I’m very glad there’s a milk company paying people in Burnie
to make clothes out of paper, I’m just trying to work out why.

RUNNER UP – Shannon Terry – A small idol of mine

Sarah is a close cousin of mine who has played a significant role in my life since I was very young. An
exhibition of mine included twelve portraits. Sarah was one of these twelve. Each person in my
exhibition has had a different influence in the in which way I have grown up. She is a woman with
great ambitions. The lens in which she views the world is one of which I admire immensely. She
holds strong views in politics. Symbolically, the grey I create serves to remind us that there is neither
a black nor white perspective in life. As Mahatma Gandhi states, “in reality, there are as many
religions as there are individuals”. This is something I feel very strongly about, because “we see
things not as they are, but as we are”, expressed by H.M Tomlinson.

SPONSORS CHOICE – Tilly Clough – Dad

Each time I see my Dad it seems he has aged more than I expected, or perhaps more time has passed
between my visits than I would like to acknowledge. His face is a work of art in itself; portraying a
lifetime of experiences and adventures of which I can only imagine. What I find most inspiring and
motivating are the flaws and rough characteristics of my subjects, these imperfections I believe,
make them perfect.

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