Simon Elliott appointed judge of Gold Award 2018

Published on 09 March 2018


Simon Elliott, Deputy Director, Collection and Exhibitions, at Queensland Art Gallery|Gallery of Modern Art has accepted the role of judge for the Gold Award 2018.

A highly skilled leader who has over 28 years’ experience working in Australian art museums, Mr Elliott said how pleased the Queensland Art Gallery |Gallery of Modern Art was to be returning to the Rockhampton region to take part in the judging of the Gold Award. 

“This is such a significant art award, with a history of involving leading artists in the field of Contemporary art,” said Mr Elliott.
“Personally, I am delighted and honoured to participate in the Gold Award at Rockhampton Art Gallery and am looking forward to what is in store.

I understand that the Rockhampton community gets behind the Gold Award, supporting the opportunity to display and acquire works by current and respected artists and I am very much looking forward to experiencing the enthusiasm around the occasion.”

Designed as an invitational 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.

Rockhampton Art Gallery Director, Bianca Acimovic said it was a fantastic opportunity to secure a judge with such extensive experience in some of Australia’s leading art museums. 

“From 2007 to 2017, Simon held the role of Assistant Director, Curatorial and Educational Services at the National Gallery of Australia and prior to the NGA, Simon was Assistant Director of the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, for seven years,” said Ms Acimovic.

“Brisbane‐born, Simon spent the first 13 years of his museum career at Queensland Art Gallery so in returning to his roots Simon brings an even greater understanding of the national and state scene but also the vital role the regions play in this broader picture.”

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

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.

The Gold Award has proven to be a wonderful 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.

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