Richard Bell Tolls for The Gold Award 2018

Published on 11 March 2018


Richard Bell Tolls for The Gold Award 2018

$50,000 Gold Award
18 August – 7 October 2018
A joint initiative of Rockhampton Art Gallery Philanthropy Board, Rockhampton Art Gallery and Rockhampton Regional Council

The enfant terrible of Australian art, Richard Bell accepts invitation to The Gold Award 2018. 

Designed as an invitation award to consider the best in contemporary painting while simultaneously building a substantive collection, the most outstanding work or works by an artist will be awarded the $50,000 cash prize.

One of the richest art prizes in Australia, the Award has been made possible through a generous bequest to the then Rockhampton Art Gallery Trust from the Estate of Moya Gold (1928-2000), a philanthropist who understood the joys and opportunities the arts and education can bring to a community and society.

“As a child I lived on a farm in Rocky, and went to Park Avenue State School, where Rod Laver went. It’ll be nice to visit Rockhampton again and see my friends and relatives,” said Richard Bell. 

Rockhampton Art Gallery Director, Bianca Acimovic said securing a submitting artist who resonates and challenges so definitively was an extremely exciting feat for the fourth biennial award.

“A leader in contemporary Australian painting, Bell’s works speak to ideas and stereotypes of Aboriginal people, culture, history and art,” said Mrs Acimovic.

“As a collection with an inherent focus on painting, Rockhampton Art Gallery has its roots formed in the modernist era. The representation of practices, like Richard Bell’s, are invaluable to forming a wider narrative to the story of Australian painting that Rockhampton Art Gallery collection tells. 

As an acquisitive Award, The Gold Award is the Gallery’s opportunity to identify gaps in the collection holdings, and actively seek to close them,” added Mrs Acimovic

The Gold Award has proven to be a significant way for the Gallery to build its contemporary painting collection, as works by artists in the exhibition have also been acquired through Rockhampton Regional Council funds, or through public donation. These artists include Del Kathryn Barton, Ben Quilty, Jason Benjamin, Kate Shaw and Julie Fragar.

“This is a generous prize, reflected in the caliber of the artists, it will be wonderful for Richard to get exposure to audiences in Rockhampton,” said Josh Milani, director of Bell’s representing gallery, Milani Gallery.

Invited artists are encouraged to submit more than one work as part of the Award, to create a fulsome and rich exhibition that offers a coherent vision of an artist’s practice.

The winning work (or works) is acquired for Rockhampton Art Gallery’s collection.

The Gold Award over its three presentations has seen between eight to ten invited artists to submit more than one work as part of the Award, to create a fulsome and rich exhibition that offers a coherent vision of an artist’s practice.

In the inaugural year, 2012, the winner was Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda (Sally Gabori) for Dibirdibi Country, and in 2014, Imants Tillers won the award for Epiphany and in 2016, The Gold Award was awarded to Jon Cattapan for the work titled Raft City No.4.

For further information please contact:
Bianca Acimovic
Gallery Director
T 07 4936 8173 |
Rockhampton Art Gallery | PO Box 1860, Rockhampton Q 4700

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