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The Theatre of Sports 2016
oil on canvas
Photograph: Christian Capurro
The Basil Sellers Art Prize invites artists to tackle an Australian obsession—sport. In its tenth year, the Prize offers artists the opportunity to be a part of a major exhibition at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the chance to win the $100,000 acquisitive prize, the $5,000 People’s Choice Award and the Basil Sellers Creative Fellowship at the National Sports Museum.
Since its inauguration, the Basil Sellers Art Prize has sought to engage with art and sport in the broadest possible sense; artists are not restricted by medium or approach. Over its ten year history, the Prize has borne witness to shifts in the cultural landscape; there is greater discourse on sport and technology, women and sport, the role of the media and increasing access and participation.
The $100,000 Prize was awarded to Richard Lewer's artwork The Theatre of Sports at the opening event on Friday 22 July. A People’s Choice Award of $5,000 was awarded to Grant Hobson for his work Koonibba Roosters 1906 to 2016. Vipoo Srivilasa was awarded the Basil Sellers Creative Fellowship at the National Sports Museum at the MCG.
The fifth and final Basil Sellers Art Prize presents the work of seventeen exemplary Australian artists working across a range of mediums. Shortlisted finalists include Abdul Abdullah, Jane Brown, Kate Daw and Stewart Russell, Shaun Gladwell, Rew Hanks, Dana Harris, Grant Hobson, Richard Lewer, William Mackinnon, Laith McGregor, Fiona McMonagle, Eamon O'Toole, Trent Parke and Narelle Autio, David Ray, and Vipoo Srivilasa.
The Basil Sellers Art Prize is supported by Basil Sellers AM and aims to encourage contemporary artists to develop their practice, to engage with the many themes within sport past and present, and to contribute to critical reflection on all forms of sport and sporting culture in Australia.
More information on previous prizes can be found here
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Saturday 20 January 1 to 2pm
Panel: Reimagining the classics. A look at the past through a contemporary lens with artists Angela Brennan, Michael Graf and Director of Geelong Gallery Jason Smith. Moderated by Potter Director Kelly Gellatly.
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