The Gold Award 2018

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18 August - 2 October 2018

Rockhampton Art Gallery is proud to present The Gold Award 2018, the fourth iteration of this biennial painting award. The Gold Award 2018 presents a select group of nine invitational artists, from a diversity of artistic practices. The resulting exhibition represents a range of artistic styles including abstraction, figuration, landscape, appropriation and symbolism. From politically-charged statements,  to sublime contemplation of the very act of mark-making, The Gold Award 2018, features artists Tony Albert, Richard Bell, Dale Frank, Richard Lewer, Jan Nelson, Bundit Puangthong, Paul Ryan, Huseyin Sami and Gemma Smith, with each artist offering us a snapshot of contemporary painting in Australia.

Designed as an invitational award, The Gold Award aims to acquire contemporary Australian painting to Rockhampton Art Gallery’s collection by means of the most outstanding work or works by an artist awarded a cash prize of $50,000 and acquired by Rockhampton Art Gallery. The Award was conceived in 2010 when the then Rockhampton Art Gallery Trust received a substantial bequest from the Estate of Moya Gold for the acquisition of Australian paintings. With industry review and guidance, the Trustees advised to expend the interest accumulated by the Gold Trust to fund a new painting award. Now in its fourth iteration The Gold Award has become a premier biennial event of national significance.  Presented by Rockhampton Art Gallery, The Gold Award is a joint initiative of Rockhampton Art Gallery Philanthropy Board and Rockhampton Regional Council.

The Gold Award 2018 has been judged by Simon Elliott, Deputy Director, Collection and Exhibitions, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art.

The artists invited to participate include:
Richard BELL (QLD)
Richard LEWER (VIC)
Huseyin SAMI 

Moya Gold (1928-2000), philanthropist and educator, understood the joys and opportunities that the arts and education can bring. She chose to organise her estate to benefit Rockhampton Art Gallery and CQUniversity Australia. Born in Townsville, Moya graduated as a teacher in Brisbane and later completed a Bachelor of Arts at CIAE (Rockhampton), now CQUniversity, in 1980. She had a strong interest in students with special needs, eventually working with the Special Education Department of Education Queensland, supervising remedial teachers in a number of schools. In recognition of her work she was made a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators. Moya and her husband Dr. Mervyn Gold were dedicated supporters of the arts, Rockhampton Art Gallery and CQUniversity. A member of the CQUniversity Alumni Committee, she was so impressed with the achievements of international students that she established the Moya Gold CQUniversity International Student of the Year Award in 1997, attending every ceremony personally to present the Award.

The Gold Award 2018 is sponsored by Dr. Hilary Mercer & Robyn Mercer along with Something Different + Something Different Costal, Edge Apartments Rockhampton, Paint Place CQ

Price: FREE
Where: Rockhampton Art Gallery, Gold Room and Range Room
Parking: Victoria Parade or Bolsover Car Park behind the Gallery