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ARTBANK AND QPAC TODAY ANNOUNCE CLAUDIA MOODOONUTHI AS THE RECIPIENT OF THE ARTBANK + QPAC COMMISSION 2017

A recent graduate of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art at Griffith University, Claudia’s incredible body of work to date reflects a strong connection to country, having spent the first seven years of her life on Bentinck and Mornington Islands in the Gulf of Carpentaria until relocating to Aurukun (far North Queensland) in 2003. Claudia’s bold and colourful paintings are greatly influenced by her language, tribe, history, and family, including her late great-grandmother May Moodoonuthi and the late Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda (Mrs Gabori). The artist’s relaxed style allows her to create intimate close-up portraits that reflect her experiences in remote communities.

As the recipient of the fifth annual commission, Claudia will receive support to create a new, large scale work on paper for the Artbank collection, initially placed on display at QPAC’s Russell Street Wine Bar for a period of twelve months from late 2017.

Stay tuned for more updates on the commission as plans develop. A huge congratulations to Claudia and big thanks to all the talented Queensland artists who applied!

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18th July 2017

PETER MUNGKURI WINS INAUGURAL HADLEY'S ART PRIZE

Alcaston Gallery is thrilled to broadcast Iwantja artist Peter Mungkuri as winner of Hobart's inaugral Hadley's Art Prize, the world's ritchest landscape art prize. 

Mungkuri will take home $100,000 for his painting Ngura Wiru, which means good country. The painting depicts his birth place in Fregon, in central Australia.

"This is my story about that creek at Fregon. I was born there," he said in a statement. "I love this country, it has watched us Anangu [people] for many years. It is a wise country."

Hadley's Art Prize Judge Lisa Slade said the judging panel was continually drawn back to the beauty and vitality of Peter's piece.

There were more than 380 entries in the competition, with 41 finalists being hung in the new galleries of Hobart's Hadley's Hotel.

Alcaston Gallery artists Alec Baker and David Frank were also finalists in the prize.

To read the full ABC news article, head over to their website. 

Photo of Peter Mungkuri by Alex Craig

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18th July 2017

CAIRNS INDIGENOUS ART FAIR 2017 - OPENING

Alcaston Gallery is thrilled to exhibit exciting emerging and acclaimed Queensland Indigenous artists at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF 2017).  Located at the Cruise Liner Terminal on the beautiful Cairns waterfront, CIAF has established its reputation as Australia's premier Indigenous Art Fair showcasing work by artists from Queensland and Torres Strait Island in a celebration of art and culture. 

This year Alcaston Gallery is presenting new work by Naomi Hobson, Shirley Macnamara and Claudia Moodoonuthi. Naomi Hobson is the inaugurator of a new and exciting ceramics program held with great success with the emerging artists from her home community of Coen in Cape York.  At CIAF 2017 Alcaston Gallery is featuring the collaborative ceramics by Naomi and the Kalan Clay House Artists including a unique collection of works - Dancing Poles.

It was wonderful so see so many faces at the opening celebrations last night. If you are in Cairns this weekend be sure to pop by our stand (stand 22) and say hello. 

Congratulations to Naomi Hobson who was highly commended for the CIAF 2017 Emerging Award, and also to Shirley Macnamara who was highly commended in the CIAF 2017 Innovation Award. 

Exhibiting alongside Alcaston Gallery is Beverly Knight Art + Business presenting Sally Gabori, newly released paintings from the Estate and a stunning suite of limited edition prints published specifically for first release at CIAF 2017. Read more here

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13th July 2017

ANGELA TIATIA AT VIDEO CONTEMPORARY

Curated by Serena Bentley, Assistant Curator at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, 2017's Video Contemporary, as part of Sydney Contemporary, is a loosely curated group of videos that imagine futures in which escapist, pop culture infused fantasies collide against harsher, dystopian realities.

Alcaston Gallery is pleased to announce the inclusion of Angela Tiatia's work, Woman's Movement within this program. Woman's Movement explores and imitates the physical movements communicated by iconic female singers in popular music videos of today.  

For more information, and a list of other artists included in this program, head over to Sydney Contemporary's website. 

Image: Angela Tiatia, Woman's Movement, 2016  (Still), single channel high definitition video, 16:9, colour, sound, 4 minutes, 58 seconds. Edition of 5.   © The Artist and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2017

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14th August 2017

Artist Profile: Australasian Painters 2007 – 2017

An Orange Regional Gallery & Artist Profile partnership exhibition.

Australasian Painters 2007 – 2017, brings together a selection of paintings by over 140 artists featured in Artist Profile magazine over its 10 year history, providing a comprehensive overview of Australasian painting from 2007 to 2017.

Alcaston Gallery is pleased to announce the inclusion of represented artists Karen Mills, Naomi Hobson, and Pedro Wonaeamirri.

For more information and a full list of participating artists please visit Orange Regional Gallery's website or to Artist Profile's website. 

Images: Pedro Wonaemirri - Jilamara, 2010, natural ochres on stringybark, 101 x 34 cm, © Jilamara Arts & Craft and Alcaston Gallery, 2017; Karen Mills - Untitled, 2016, dry pigment and ochre on linen, 45 x 45 cm, © The Artist and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2017; Naomi Hobson - Rose Water Lagoon II, 2016, stnthetic polymer paint on linen, 99 x 101 cm, © The Artist and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2017

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8th July 2017
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