art on paper 2017

Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award 2017 (Australia)

20 May 2017 – 16 Jul 2017

Held every two years since 2001, the Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award is a significant Australian national exhibition that aims to elevate the status of works on paper while supporting and promoting artists working with this medium.

In 2017 entries were received by over 850 artists from across the country, the largest number of artists to have entered the Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award, which has prize money totalling $26,000.

The exhibiting 76 finalists were selected by Carrie Kibbler, Hazelhurst Curator; Grahame Kime, Hazelhurst Art Centre Coordinator; Louisa Chircop, winner of the Local Artist Award 2015, and Rochelle Haley, artist and lecturer UNSW Art & Design.

Exhibited throughout Hazelhurst, in the Regional Gallery, the foyer and the Broadhurst Gallery, the works in the 2017 Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award demonstrate the materiality of paper, its versatility, and the possibilities of paper as a medium. Works include painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, sculpture, installation and video.

All 76 finalists’ works can be viewed in the digital exhibition catalogue above.

Judge for the 2017 Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award was Denise Mimmocchi, Senior Curator of Australian Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales. Brian Robinson was awarded the Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award 2017 of $15,000 sponsored by Tradies, for his work entitled Land Sea Sky – Charting our place in the universe (pictured below).


Brian Robinson with Land Sea Sky – Charting our place in the universe, 2016, linocut printed on paper in black ink from one block, 100 x 194 cm.

The judge commented: “Technically this work is incredibly sophisticated, it has a wonderful sense of the movements of the universe where land, sea and stars meet and gods mingle with figures of popular culture.” Denise Mimmocchi.

The Young & Early Career Artist Award of $5,000 was awarded to Harriet Body for Wet Season, Dry Season 2017 (pictured below).


Harriet Body with Wet Season, Dry Season, 2017, smoke and indigo dye on handmade paper, 156 x 113 cm.

The Friends of Hazelhurst Local Artist Prize of $5,000 was awarded to Michelle Cawthorn for Daughter 2017 (pictured below).


Michelle Cawthorn with Daughter, 2017, pen, graphite, watercolour and gouache on Hahnemühle paper, 216 x 158 cm

In addition to the three main awards, Hazelhurst’s installation crew select an artist to receive a four week residency at Hazelhurst and this was awarded to Andy Quilty for Self Portrait Studies #10.

Visitors to Hazelhurst can nominate their favourite work for the People’s Choice Award of $1,000 which closes on Friday 30 June. All nominations entered go into a draw to win a $100 gift voucher redeemable on goods and services from Hazelhurst. The People’s Choice Award will be announced on 3 July 2017.  

The exhibition continues until Sunday 16 July 2017.

Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre is a major public gallery located
25 kms south of Sydney in Gymea, New South Wales, Australia


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