• Basil Sellers Art Prize

    The Basil Sellers Art Prize offers artists and viewers an opportunity to engage with the broad range of issues and ideas that sport can provoke. The Basil Sellers Art Prize is open to entries in any style and in a broad range of media including photography, film, painting and sculpture. Entries are shortlisted, and successful artists have the opportunity to develop their work over twelve months for a major exhibition held over two levels at the Ian Potter Museum of Art.
    The $100,000 prize was established in 2008 and will be awarded biennially until 2016. It is awarded to a single work of art, which then becomes part of Basil Sellers’s collection, and is complemented by a $5,000 People’s Choice award. Previous prizes have been awarded to Daniel Crooks for Static no. 11 (man running) (2008), and Tarryn Gill and Pilar Mata Dupont for Gymnasium (2010). The third Basil Sellers Art Prize was awarded to Jon Campbell for Dream team (2012). 
    Sixteen finalists have been selected for the fourth Basil Sellers Art Prize and are; Tony Albert, Narelle Autio, Zoe Croggon, Gabrielle de Vietri, Ivan Durrant, Shaun Gladwell, Richard Lewer, William Mackinnon, Rob McHaffie, Noel McKenna, Rob McLeish, Fiona McMonagle, Raquel Ormella, Khaled Sabsabi, Jenny Watson, and Gerry Wedd. 

    The 2014 Basil Sellers Art Prize winning work is Tony Albert's Once upon a time... 2013-14.
    The BSAP4 exhibition will be presented at the Potter from 22 July to 26 October 2014. 



    Basil Sellers Art Prize 2012 winning artwork, Jon Campbell, Dream team, 2012, enamel paint on plywood, 22 paintings, installation (variable): 300 x 300 cm

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On the 19 February join us for a special viewing at the Potter of the Richard Avedon People exhibition between 5 to 6pm, followed by a discussion at the Elisabeth Murdoch Lecture Threatre, 6 to 7pm, led by Dr Christopher Chapman, exhibition curator with special guest Carol Squiers, Senior Curator, International Center for Photography, New York  and co-author of Richard Avedon Fashion 1944-2000 (2009). RSVP essential.

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