The Olive Cotton Award is generously funded by the family of Olive Cotton, one of Australia’s leading 20th Century photographers, and aims to show new portraits by professional and emerging artists. The 2021 Award will be the 12th Award since the prize’s inception in 2005.
The Award, recognising excellence in photographic portraiture, is held biennially, with a major prize of $20,000. The Friends of Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc. sponsor Director’s Choice awards to the value of $4,000. All awards are acquisitive, making the Olive Cotton Award an important collecting stream for the Tweed Regional Gallery’s collection of Australian portraits.
The 2021 Award judge is artist Michael Cook. Cook is one of Australia’s most significant photomedia artists. A Brisbane-based artist of Bidjara heritage, Cook has worked in photography for over 30 years. Included in major international exhibitions from America, Asia, Europe, the UK and Australia, his work is held in such collections as the British Museum, National Gallery of Australia, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, and the Tweed Regional Gallery.
A $250 People’s Choice Award will run throughout the exhibition allowing the public to vote for their favourite image.
A Tweed Regional Gallery initiative.