The Elusive Dale Frank Captured for Gold Award 2018

Published on 09 March 2018


One of Australia’s foremost contemporary artists, Dale Frank has accepted one of seven invitations to submit for The Gold Award 2018.

Audacious, enigmatic and ever elusive are some of the adjectives regularly assigned to conceptual painter Dale Frank but definition defying remains his constant hallmark.

“As 99% of all contemporary artists in Australia were born in the regions, it is always exciting in the arts when the regions are able to stand up above the crowd as Rockhampton does,” said Frank on accepting the invitation to exhibit.

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 there is no ambiguity when it comes to assessing Frank’s standing both internationally and nationally.

“One of the Australia’s most successful international artists, Dale’s practice spans more than three decades.” said Mrs Acimovic.

“Collecting with a priority to Australian painting, we are thrilled at the potential to undertake an active acquisition campaign, made possible through The Gold Award, to exhibit and engage with the works of Dale Frank. To date Dale is not represented in the collection holdings, a clear gap in the 2017 assessment of the collection” added Mrs Acimovic.  ‘

 “His work is held in all major Australian state galleries as well as in major private and public collections worldwide,”

 “Over the past 12 months, with support of National Library of Australia Community Heritage Grant, Rockhampton Art Gallery Collection has undergone a significance assessment of the Gallery’s collection. This assessment has brought to light gaps in collecting periods as well as represented artists.

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.

Over its three presentations The Gold Award has seen each year 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.

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.

For further information please contact:
Bianca Acimovic
Gallery Director
T 07 4936 8173 |

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