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Still: National Still Life Award

Still National Still Life Award 2019

Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery is excited to announce the shortlist of 59 finalists for Still: National Still Life Award 2021

This year's record number of entries set a new standard in the diversity of mediums, subject matter and still life expressions.  

Over 1000 entries were received for our biennial award, a massive 40% increase over the previous Still in 2019. This didn't make our selection panel's job easy! There was so much great work from every state and territory, with artists at varying stages of their careers.

The ever increasing number of entries to this award demonstrates the still life genre resonates with contemporary artists and provides a field of ideas that speak to contemporary issues of our mortality, the way we consume, concern for the environment as well as exploring our everyday material world. This make it the perfect platform for all artists regardless of what medium they work in.

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Susan Gourley Half Eaten Banana 2021
Discarded polystyrene, cardboard, paper, and timber, plus modelling paste, acrylic paint, and adhesive.

Thank you to our finalist selection panel: Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery staff Cath Fogarty, Chloe Waters, Sydney based art collector Lisa Paulsen and Katina Davidson, Curator Indigenous Australian Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art.

Our guest judge for the ultimate $30,000 major prize is Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Ms Macgregor will announce the winner at the official opening on August 14. The winning artwork becomes part of the gallery's collection. 

The $5,000 People's Choice Award gives visitors the chance to vote for their favourite finalist during the exhibition with the winner to be announced towards the end of the exhibition. 

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Polychromo pencils on found plastic.

Congratulations to all the 2021 finalists who have been selected for exhibition in Still: National Still Life Award 2021:

Nicholas Aloisio-ShearerJordan AzcuneJulie BartholomewSamuel BeattieCatherine BellPeter BernerYannick BlattnerSophie BottomleyKristin BurghamSteve BushPenelope CampbellJacob Canet-GibsonRegi CheriniMichael CookGrace CramMitchell DonaldsonKate DorroughBlak DouglasKatherine EdneyErnabella ArtsSebastian GallowaySusan GourleyLibby HainesCharlotte HaywoodEmma HodgesHarley IvesSusan JacobsenJosh  JuettVioletta LanzaChris LeaverDonna MarcusKiata MasonNoel McKennaNikky Morgan-Smith, the incrEdible MuseumMichelle NealPamela PaulineSarah RandallGenevieve Felix ReynoldsRose RigleyAvan RobinsBrian RobinsonLucy RoleffYul ScarfDaniel SheringtonKen SmithKylie Spear with Thomas Kidd, Dannielle ThormanJohn Van Der KolkOksana WaterfallGerry WeddGreg WeightPolly WellsCleo WilkinsonElizabeth WillingAndrea WilsonChris WilsonKat Shapiro WoodPeggy Zephyr. Many are on social media such as Instagram and/or have websites. 

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Peggy Zephyr BOOM! 2021
Acrylic on canvas.

This award would not be possible without the generous support of our major sponsors,  saso.creative and Bryant McKinnon Lawyers, along with our supporting sponsors, Moving ArtAndrew Peace Wines, Harbour Magazine, and Friends of Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery

Still: National Still Life Award 2021 opens 14 August to 23 October at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery as part of our 20th Anniversary Program.  

We look forward to seeing you at Still: National Still life Award 2021.

2021 Major Sponsors

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Finalists were selected by a panel which includes Coffs Harbour Gallery staff, Hamish Sawyer, Curator Caloundra Regional Gallery, and former MCA board member and art collector Lisa Paulsen.

The 59 artworks selected as Still: National Still Life Award 2019 finalists, from a total of over 750 entries from across Australia, are now available to view on the Gallery's Pinterest page. They include painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, ceramics, glass, sculpture, video, printmaking and textiles.

The winning work was selected by Rebecca Coates​, Director, Shepparton Art Museum (SAM).

Winning works and acquisitions from Still become part of the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery collection.

The Still: National Still Life Award 2019 Finalists are:

Phil Alldis / Louise Allerton / Kelly Austin / Sue Bell / Stephen Bird / John Bokor / Sara Bowen / Janine Brody / Kelcie Bryant-Duguid / Fran Callen /  / Brett Canet-Gibson / Carol Christie / Christine Courcier-Jones / Madeleine Cruise / Fiona Currey-Billyard / Michael Cusack / Jo Darvall / Sally Davis / Rachel Doller / Kate Dorrough / Christine Druitt-Preston / Scott Duncan / Helen Earl / Michele Elliot / Ben Fayle / Sharman Feinberg / Robert Fenton / Honor Freeman / Corrie Furner / Salvatore Gerardi / Jane Gerrish / Warwick Gilbert / Myfanwy Gullifer / Andrew Hickinbotham / Sally Hook / Julie Hutchings / Susan Jacobsen / Jane James / Susan Knight and Trevor Mein / Suzanne Knight / Catherine Lane and Linelle Stepto / Marie Mansfield / Donna Marcus / Nicola Moss / NOT / Victoria Reichelt / Ignacio Rojas / Daniel Sherington / Asahi So / Stephanie Theobald / Gerry Wedd / Greg Weight / Jo White / JP Willis /  Amanda Wolf / Christopher Zanko


Kelly Austin from Hobart, Tasmania is the winner of Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery's STILL: National Still Life Award for 2019.

Her work Stilled Composition 43 is a three dimensional ceramic composition that seeks balance between warm and cool, heavy and light, positive and negative.

Kelly Austin, with her winning artwork Stilled Composition 43

"I'm humbled to be recognised alongside all the other artists here tonight, it is a tremendous honour - this award reinforces a sense of meaning in the work and acknowledges that I've made a valuable contribution to the art world," said Kelly Austin. "It encourages me to continue taking risks, asking questions and finding comfort in the unknown."

There were over 750 entries for the Award, of which 59 works were selected as finalists.

The 2019 judge of the biennial prize – Rebecca Coates, Director Shepparton Art Museum – described how art prizes can be "life-changing for artists" and when the winning artwork joins the gallery's collection, "it will be enjoyed for generations to come; it becomes part of this place and these people."

"We need artists" she stated. "It is artists who often find a language for difficult things, who make a space for creativity and bring people together."

She awarded four commendations to Sue Bell of Port Macquarie, Fiona Currey-Billyard of Nambucca Heads, Helen Earl of Sydney and Stephanie Theobald of Geeveston, Tasmania.

From L-R, Mayor of Coffs Harbour Councillor Denise Knight, Winning artist Kelly Austin,
Dr Rebecca Coates, Director of Shepparton Art Museum and judge of
Still: National Still Life Award 2019 and the Honourable Don Harwin MLC, Minister for the Arts

NSW Minister for the Arts Don Harwin, who officially opened Still: National Still Life Award, commented:

"I take my hat off to the exceptional talent that has come together for this exciting exhibition," said Mr Harwin

"Seeing the varied ways each of the 58 finalists have interpreted their still life subjects is very impressive and I know that deciding on a winner can't have been easy.

"This exhibition is not to be missed and I encourage everyone to visit before the end of November."

The exhibition at the Regional Gallery features works from artists across Australia. It includes painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, ceramics, glass, sculpture, video, printmaking and textiles.

Voting for the popular People's Choice Award, worth $5,000, will take place until November 1, 2019, giving locals the chance to vote for their favourite artwork.

STILL: National Still Life Award is supported by major sponsors: Coffs Harbour Friends of the Gallery, Bryant McKinnon Lawyers, Saso Creative and supporting sponsors:  Moving Art and Andrew Peace Wines.

The exhibition is open at the Regional Gallery on the corner of Coff and Duke Streets until 30 November 2019.

Kelly Austin Stilled Composition 43 - WINNER, STILL 2019

2019 Major Sponsors

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​Finalists were selected by a panel which includes Coffs Harbour Gallery staff, Brett Adlington, Director Lismore Regional Gallery, and former MCA board member and art collector Lisa Paulsen.

Artworks from the 63 finalists selected for the inaugural Still: National Still Life Award, from a total of 605 entries from all states and ACT, are now available to view on the Gallery's Pinterest page. They include painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, ceramics, glass, sculpture, video, printmaking and textiles.

The winning work was selected by Lisa Slade​, Assistant Director Artistic Programs, Art Gallery of South Australia.

Winning works and acquisitions from Still become part of the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery collection.

The Still: National Still Life Award 2017 Finalists are:

Tony Albert, Louise Allerton, Kelly Austin, Tanya Baily, Elie Begg, Annette Blair, Rene Bolten, Mechelle Bounpraseuth, Terri Butterworth, Fran Callen, Tom Carment, Angela Casey, Tiffany Cole, Karl de Waal, Trisha Dean, Mary Donnelly, Scott Duncan, Sarah Edmondson, Nicolette Eisdell, Merran Esson, Ben Fayle, Guy Gilmour, Sarah Goffman, Ronnie Grammatica, Linda Greedy, Colleen Greig-Canty, Vanessa Holle, Alana Hunt, Susan Jacobsen, Laura Jones, Helle Jorgensen, Paul Kalemba, Laura E. Kennedy, Myriam Kin-Yee, Zai Kuang, Michael Langley, Sam Leach, Kellie Leczinska, Alison Mackay, Josh Mackenzie, Kiata Mason, Julian Meagher, Robert Moore, Stephen Nothling, Susan O'Doherty, Sarah O'Sullivan, Sassy Park, Victoria Reichelt, Elvis Richardson, Damien Shen, Brendan Smith, Tim Snowdon, Richard Spoehr, Vipoo Srivilasa, Nathan Taylor, Samantha Thompson, Anselm van Rood, Prue Venables, Lilli Waters, Kati Watson, Greg Weight, Mirra Whale, Cleo Wilkinson

Still: National Still Life Award 2017 Winner

​The first ever winner of the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery’s STILL: National Still Life Award is Sydney-based artist Sarah Goffman.

Her work ‘Asian Table’ is a reproduction of ancient Chinese ceramics, but created from intricately-painted, recycled plastic.

“I am overwhelmed and so grateful to win this award,” said Ms Goffman. “Art prizes present a conundrum. I have mixed feelings, if only every artist in this exhibition could be awarded $20,000. It’s brave to make art, we make ourselves vulnerable and we’re not always rewarded for it.”

The judge of the biennial prize - Lisa Slade, Assistant Director, Artistic Programmes, Art Gallery of South Australia - described STILL as ‘a game changer’.

“STILL has placed the still life genre at the heart of contemporary art practice. There is a real sense that something new is happening here,” she said.

Still Winner Sarah Goffman with her work ‘Asian Table’


People's Choice Voting

​The 2017 People’s Choice Award of $5000 was shared by Coffs Harbour artist Ben Fayle for his work ‘Rose Coloured Glasses No.2’ and Sydney photographer Greg Weight’s ‘Bohemian Table’.

Judge's Commendations

​Still 2017 Judge, Lisa Slade, awarded five commendations to Tiffany Cole, Sarah Edmondson, Guy Gilmour, Sam Leach and Prue Venables.

Still: National Still Life Award Special Events and Public Programs

 There was so much to see and do during the 2017 exhibition period. Guided tours of the Still: National Still Life Award 2017 exhibition with gallery staff allowed guests to join the conversation with exhibition judge, Lisa Slade, and some of the exhibiting artists.

The opening weekend featured live demonstrations from some of the Still finalists along with artist talks, tours and entertainment.

In December there was a series of entertaining illustrated talks by John Bennett on the multifaceted nature of the still life genre, from Elizabeth Cummings to Coorte, Morandi to Magritte, Andy Warhol to Zurbarán and the current show.

Still Salon opened at the Sawtell Art Gallery on 9 December, celebrating many of the Still: National Still Life Award 2017 entries submitted by artists across the Coffs Coast.

Still 2017 Sponsors

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Still: National Still Life Award 2017 Education Kit

​The Still: National Still Life Award 2017 Education Kit is freely available as a downloadable kit to Australian teachers of the K-12 syllabus but also has value for other art learning environments including TAFE. Download your copy here.

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