64th Blake Prize

Painting by Australian artist Alan Jones from the 'Paintings from Coogee' exhibition at Olsen Irwin Sydney. Finalist in the 2016 Blake Prize
'Painting 148 (From Dunningham Reserve)', 2015, acrylic on linen, 117.5cm x 112cm

2016 Selected finalist

The Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CAPC) and the Blake Society have announced the finalists for the 64th Blake Prize, Australia’s longest standing and most prestigious prize which encourages conversation about spirituality and religion through art.

The Blake Prize is widely respected for attracting artists from a diverse range of backgrounds and ages. Finalists range from leading contemporary practitioners to emerging and self-taught artists. This year there were 594 entries with 80 finalists selected hailing from across Australia, Ireland, the United States, Switzerland, France, Germany and New Zealand.

Judged by CEO of World Vision Australia, reverend Tim Costello; artist Leanne Tobin; and Professor Amanda Lawson, the winner of the $35,000 Blake Prize will be announced on Friday 12 February 2016. The Emerging Artist Award, an acquisitive prize, is awarded $6,000. In addition CPAC will also offer the inaugural Blake Residency program, a one-month residency at CPAC and a solo exhibition which will be unveiled at the 2018 Blake exhibition program.

CPAC Director Kiersten Fishburn has praised the high calibre of this year’s entrants. “Some artists have clearly come from a place of deep faith, others have used this as an exploration with many seeking to find ways to articulate a deeply personal spirituality. The extraordinary diversity of expression is also reflected across the mediums used this year – from traditional art techniques, to video works”, says Fishburn.

The Blake Prize is committed to contemporary art practice, as well as cultural diversity and human justice. It is designed to spark conversations around one of the most contentious issues of our time: spirituality and religion. It has inspired complex debates about faith, its history, personal meaning, and community. The Blake Prize is about continuing to challenge contemporary artists to provide thoughtful, considered responses to the state of the world today.

This year’s finalists’ exhibition will be held at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre for the first time.

64th Blake Prize
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

13 February – 24 April 2016

Tour dates
Delmar Gallery

Trinity Grammar School | 144 Victoria Street | Ashfield NSW 2131
Ph 02 9581 6070 | Wed to Sun 12-5pm | trinity.nsw.edu.au/delmar-gallery

Opening: Saturday 4 February 3-5pm
Exhibition: 1-6 February 2017

To be opened by Leanne Tobin, artist and member of the Blake Prize judging panel.
(A Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre Exhibition toured by LIverpool City Council)

Courtesy of Art Almanac