Local Artist Achievements 2011

As the end of the year draws near, it is timely to look back over 2011 and acknowledge the achievements of our local artists during the past twelve months.

To be included in this listing, the artist must be local, i.e. from Geelong, Ballarat, Surfcoast, Bellarine Peninsula or Otways, and they must have been shortlisted for a prize exhibition, or completed an artist residency, or finished post graduate studies in 2011.

This post is not exhaustive and apologies to those I didn’t hear about – I hope there are no glaring omissions but if any local artists are not here and should be, please let me know and I can do a follow up post.


Kim Anderson completed two artist residencies, one in Hill End, NSW and the other in Echigo-Tsumari, Japan. Her project Skin has been shortlisted for the ‘ArtsHub People’s Choice Awards’ in ‘Category 2 Achievement in the Arts by an Individual or Group’ (voting is still open at www.artshub.com.au/au/artshub-awards if you would like to support her). Kim was also shortlisted in the Toyota Emerging Artist Exhibition, Lethbridge 10,000 Small Scale Art Award, Flanagan Art Prize, and winner of the Ballarat Arts Foundation’s Eureka Art Prize. www.kim-anderson.com.au

Kim Anderson Skin detail
Kim Anderson, Skin (detail). Image courtesy the artist.
Kim Anderson Skin
Kim Anderson, Skin (installation view). Image courtesy the artist.


David Beaumont completed his Master of Visual Art at the Victorian College of the Arts. (His final year exhibition opens next Monday evening 5 December.)


Simon Benz was shortlisted for the Brunswick Street Gallery Prize 2011, and the Len Fox Painting Award 2011 at the Castlemaine Art Gallery (showing until 11 December).

Simon Benz Belle Ombre - downpour
Simon Benz, Belle Ombré – downpour. Image courtesy the artist.


Mark Cairns was shortlisted for the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize 2011 at the South Australian Museum.

Mark Cairns Tidal Forms
Mark Cairns, Tidal Forms. Image courtesy the artist.


Alex Game was shortlisted for the Geelong Acquisitive Print Prize 2011.


Tarli Glover was a finalist in the Flanagan Art Prize, the Cricket Art Prize and the Eutick Memorial Still Life Award.

Tarli Glover Love
Tarli Glover, Love. Image from http://www.cricketartprize.org.


Laine Hogarty completed her Master of Arts in Public Art at RMIT. ‘Unexpected Moment’ investigates the potential for public art to engage an unsuspecting audience. It explores the moment of surprise as an agent of connection and the chance discovery of art in public places as an aesthetic experience. Laine also completed a three month art residency at the Collingwood Housing Estate.


Anita Iacovella was shortlisted for the Geelong Acquisitive Print Prize 2011.

Anita Iacovella, Luminous Mountain. Image courtesy the artist.


Danuta Karski was selected to exhibit in the Toyota Community Spirit Emerging Artist Exhibition and the Toyota Community Spirit Sculpture Exhibition Flourish.

Dana Karski Reductio ad absurdum
Danuta Karski, Reductio ad absurdum (Self-inflicted predicament). Image courtesy the artist.


Janne Kearney had two paintings shortlisted in the Portraiture category of the Mortimore Prize. www.jannekearney.com

Janne Kearney, Pride. Image courtesy the artist.


Karen Mayo completed her Master of Arts at RMIT which included publishing a 300-page hard cover fine art photography book of her work.

Karen Mayo, Metaphoria. Image courtesy the artist.


Lucy McEachern won the Santos Acquisitive Sculpture Award 2011 and Wine Makers Choice Yering Station Sculpture Prize. She was also a finalist in Agendo 2011 Emerging Artist Prize, Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, Lorne Sculpture 2011 and Toorak Village Sculpture Prize. She exhibited overseas in ‘Birds in Art 2011’ at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, USA. www.lucymceachern.com

Lucy McEachern, Australian Pelican. Image courtesy the artist.


Dr Darren McGinn was shortlisted for the Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award and the Substation Contemporary Art Prize. To top it off, he completed his PhD Identity and Community Versus Non-Place. In his thesis, Dr McGinn explored what it is that defines place through his photographic and sculptural works, by reviewing the rapid construction of ‘packaged’ communities, and how established communities retain a sense of place with the growth of ubiquitous, characterless housing developments.

Darren  McGinn Dormitory Subtopia 2009-2010
Darren McGinn, Dormitory Subtopia. Image courtesy the artist.
Darren McGinn, Free Range Camping
Darren McGinn, Free Range Camping. Image courtesy the artist.


Anne Saunders completed an artist residency at The Steeple in Newburgh, Scotland. www.anne-saunders.com


Dr Gillian Turner completed a 4-week residency in Ireland at Cill Rialaig Artists’ Village, Co Kerry. www.gillianturner.com.au

Gillian Turner Skellig Rock - 90 Fathoms Below #1Gillian Turner, Skellig Rock – 90 Fathoms Below #1. Image courtesy the artist.


Joel Wolter was selected to exhibit in the Rick Amor Print Prize earlier in the year at Montsalvat and the Geelong Acquisitive Print Prize.

Joel Wolter Returning Voyager
Joel Wolter, Returning Voyager. Image courtesy the artist.
Joel Wolter Universal Lane
Joel Wolter, Universal Lane. Image courtesy the artist.


Doug Wright completed an artist residency at The Steeple in Newburgh, Scotland. www.doug-wright.com

Doug Wright Lifting Fog
Doug Wright, Lifting Fog. Image courtesy the artist.


Eu thanatos – David Beaumont
Identity and Community vs Non-Place – Darren McGinn
Geelong Acquisitive Print Prize
Lorne Sculpture 2011 Winners


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