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