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31 October 2016 EMSLA Prize Celebrates Milestone

The Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (EMSLA) is celebrating its tenth year of artistic excellence and success at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery – and the 2016 Prize and Festival promises to be its best yet.

“The EMSLA $20,000 art award encourages excellence and innovation in Australian still life painting,” said Abigail Moncrieff, Acting Curator, Cultural and Community Services. “It was the vision of Dr Mal Eutick who wanted to honour the memory of his parents while contributing to the artistic and cultural life of the city. “This year we had over 220 entries from all over Australia and the 68 finalists include notable artists such as Leo Coyte, Laura Jones, Monika Behrens, Samuel Condon, Graham Marchant, Robyn Sweaney, Madeline Preston and Chris Hundt.”

This year’s judges are Nat Thomas, the artist and arts writer/cultural commentator, Michael Fitzgerald, writer and editor of Art Monthly Australasia and Dr Julie Fragar, Associate Lecturer, Fine Art, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.

They will be announcing the winner at the opening of the EMSLA Festival on Friday, November 11, at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery. As the award is ‘acquisitive’, the winning work is automatically acquired by the Gallery for its collections.

As well as the announcement of the winner, the Opening Night will feature the naming of the People’s Choice Award winner and a special performance by tenor Scott Muller, formerly a member of the world-renowned ‘Ten Tenors’.

The Opening Night marks the start of the weekend-long Festival which will include EMSLA Festival favourite - composer and performer Elena Katz-Chernin – as well as classical music performances and artists and judges panel discussions.

“Without the generosity of the Eutick family, the EMSLA Prize and Festival wouldn’t exist,” added Ms Moncrieff. “Plus the Gallery also receives generous financial assistance for the exhibition and events from sponsors Todd and Nikki Blewitt, along with considerable financial and other support from anonymous donors in the community. Our Gallery volunteers are, of course, also essential to the existence and smooth running of EMSLA and all its events.”

The EMSLA exhibition will run until Saturday, January 7, 2017. Entry to the Opening Night is $20 online or $25 on the door.