Grace plays host to Blake finalists

Grace Fine Art is once again supporting the annual Blake Prize, one of the longest standing and most prestigious art prizes in Australia.

The official list of this year’s 73 finalists was released last Friday. However, as an official partner of the competition since 2006, Grace Fine Art had already had a sneak peak of the finalists, which for the first time in the history of the Blake Prize, includes a representative from every state and territory across Australia.

As well as transporting 25 of the art works to our Seven Hills site, Grace Fine Art also housed the finalists’ works and provided the judging space for this year’s judges who comprised of Carriageworks Director, Lisa Havilah, COFA’s Senior Lecturer in the School of Art Theory and Art Education, Dr Jay Johnston, and 2012 finalist Tim Johnson, a prominent artist known for his spiritual iconography.

Since 1951, the Blake Prize has been awarded to an art work that addresses a subject of religious or spiritual integrity. The Blake aims to encourage an ongoing conversation about what matters most in contemporary culture: what we believe in and how we use spirituality to interpret the world around us.

This year’s shortlist includes internationally celebrated artists such as Tony Clark, Rodney Pople and Joan Ross, as well as elder statesmen of the art world such as Franz Kempf and Andrew Nott. A strong number of emerging artists were also recognised, including young Sydney video artist David Capra and UNSW’s College of Fine Arts (COFA) student Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran.

Grace has now transported all 73 works to COFA in Paddington for the announcement of the winners next week and the accompanying exhibition which runs until November 16.

Grace Fine Art will then package up selected artworks to take around the country as part of the touring exhibition.