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The 18th annual Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize appoints new curator and judge for 2014 exhibition at National Art School

Written on:February 6, 2014
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Sydney, Australia: Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize today announced the appointment of respected Australian artist Tim Johnson as curator for the 18th annual exhibition and prize, to be presented at the National Art School from 11 April until 15 May 2014.
Tim Johnson is one of Australia’s most highly regarded painters, whose works are included in the permanent collections of all major Australian state galleries including the Art Gallery of NSW, the National Gallery of Victoria and the National Gallery of Australia.
“We are delighted to have secured Tim Johnson as curator of the 2014 Redlands Konica Minolta Prize. With a career spanning 30 years and having exhibited all over the world in – both solo and group exhibitions – he brings an incredible depth of knowledge to his role as curator of the 2014 Prize,” commented Dr Peter Lennox, Principal of Redlands.
Under the Prize’s unique model, Tim Johnson as curator selects up to 20 contemporary visual artists from Australia and New Zealand to put forward a single work for the Prize.  Each of those established artists are each, in turn, required to invite an emerging contemporary artist to present work in the Prize. In this manner, the Prize seeks to encourage mentoring relationships between different generations in the visual arts sector.
The respected annual prize offers $36,000 in prize money across three categories: the established artist prize supported by Konica Minolta ($25,000); the emerging artist prize supported by Allens ($10,000) and a viewer’s choice award ($1,000). The Prize places no limitations on artistic medium and attracts a diverse range of painting, photography, installation, sculpture and new media works.
A new guest judge for the 2014 Prize was also announced today, with Judith Blackall, former head of Artistic Programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, being appointed to the role. Judith joins existing judging panel members: Katie Dyer, National Art School Curator and Redlands Visual Arts teachers Mark Harpley and Fabian Byrne.
Redlands has a tradition of acquiring the winning art works in both established and emerging prize categories for their permanent collection.  Over the past two decades, Redlands has amassed an impressive collection through the Prize acquisitions, including works by some of Australia’s most respected names such as Callum Morton, Ben Quilty, Imants Tillers, Arthur Boyd, Tim Maguire, Tim Storrier, Garry Shead, Guan Wei, Dorothy Napangardi, Gloria Petyarri, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Del Kathryn Barton and Ray Crooke.
With the exception of those works acquired by Redlands, all works exhibited in the Prize will be available for purchase.
A free exhibition of all artist works in the Prize will be presented at the National Art School Gallery from Friday 10 April until 15 May 2014.
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MEDIA CONTACT: 
For further information and to request interviews and high resolution imagery please contact Kym Elphinstone on kym@articulatepr.com.au or 0421 106 139.
EXHIBITION DETAILS: 
The exhibition is free entry and is open to the public from 11 April until 15 May 2014. The venue is NAS Gallery, National Art School, Forbes Street, Darlinghurst. The NAS Gallery is open from 10am – 4pm, Monday through to Saturday.
PRIZE ANNOUNCEMENT: 
The winning artists in both the main prize and emerging prize will be announced at a media conference on Thursday 10 April 2014 at the NAS Gallery.  Further details to be provided closer to the Prize announcement date.
ABOUT TIM JOHNSON: 
For further background on the curator of the 2014 Prize, Tim Johnson, including a full exhibition history, please visit: http://tolarnogalleries.com/artists/tim-johnson/
ABOUT REDLANDS: 
Established in 1884, Redlands is a leading Sydney independent school with a reputation for innovation in education.  Over the past 126 years, Redlands has expanded significantly from its beginnings as a small school of five students to the vibrant, co-educational, international environment of today and during that time has led much innovation in education.  An extensive range of programs – academic, sports, creative and performing arts, outdoor education and service – gives students the opportunity to learn, to achieve and to develop their unique skills and talents. www.redlands.nsw.edu.au
ABOUT THE NATIONAL ART SCHOOL: 
The National Art School is the longest continuing art school in Australia and has an impressive alumni of acclaimed Australian artists many of whom are key figures in the history of Australian art and contemporary art practice. Located in the historic sandstone surrounds of the old Darlinghurst Gaol, the School offers Bachelor of Fine Art, Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours), Master of Fine Art (Research) and short courses in visual art. Students undertake intensive tuition in the specialist disciplines of ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture, supported by the study of art history and theory. The National Art School Gallery’s program reflects the vitality of the visual arts. In connection with the exhibitions NAS Gallery offers a lively program of events including talks, seminars and workshops. www.nas.edu.au.

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