Words: Erin Irwin
The acquisitive Hadley’s Art Prize has named the 30 finalists who will vie for one of Australia’s richest awards, with $100,000 up for grabs. Those who don’t take top spot also have a chance at the $10,000 Residency Prize, the $25,000 People’s Choice Award, the $1,000 Packing Room Prize, and $1,500-worth of prizes for students.
Established by Hadley’s Orient Hotel in Hobart in 2017, the prize aims to promote both the work of contemporary Australian artists, as well as the wonderful landscape of Tasmania and beyond. While many established artists take part, emerging artists are encouraged to participate.
The artists that have been selected for their portrayal of the Australian landscape span every state, with big names such as Joan Ross, Raymond Arnold, Betty Chimney, Sebastian Di Mauro, Megan Evans, Mabel Juli, Kieren Karritpul, Donna Marcus, Patrick Mung Mung, Megan Walch and Philip Wolfhagen.
The judging panel for the prize includes artists Wendy Sharpe, Milan Milojevic and Dr Fiona Foley, who have selected finalists whose practices encompass a broad range of mediums and aesthetics. Milojevic states that “this year’s exhibition of finalists is strong and diverse, with a notable focus on historical and contemporary issues and the various ways in which they manifest, in particular climate change”.
The finalist’s exhibition will be shown in Hobart 22 July – 20 August at Hadley’s Orient Hotel.
This article was posted 22 May 2023.
Image: Megan Walch, The Valentich Disappearance, 2023. Oil and acrylic on canvas, 160 x 127cm. Courtesy: the artist and Hadley’s Art Prize, Hobart.