Women's art prize celebrates 20th year at QVMAG

Georgia Spain - 2021 Trawalla Foundation Acquisitive Prize-winner in front of her prizewinning work, Six Different Women, 2021.jpg

Image: Georgia Spain – 2021 Trawalla Foundation Acquisitive Prize-winner in front of her prizewinning work, Six Different Women, 2021 (Photographer: Naomi Fenton)

For 20 years Tasmania's only women's art prize has been shining the spotlight on the creativity, passion and vision of this island's women artists.

RANT Arts are proud to present the Women's Art Prize Tasmania 2022 Finalists Exhibition at the Queen Victoria Museum at Inveresk, on display from Saturday 21 May 2022 to Sunday 17 July 2022.

The exhibition features the 25 works by the shortlisted finalists who have entered the Women's Art Prize Tasmania in the hope of winning one of three categories:

  • $15,000 Trawalla Foundation Acquisitive Prize
  • $3,000 Bell Bay Aluminium People's Choice award
  • $1,500 Zonta International (District 23, Area 5) Emerging Artist prize 

To be announced at the official opening of the exhibition, the 2022 winner will join the distinguished prize-winner alumni, including Anne Morrison (2019), Sarah Rhodes (2020) and Georgia Spain (2021).

2021 winner of the Women's Art Prize Tasmania Georgia Spain said winning the Award had a large impact on both her creative practice as an artist and her career.

'To be recognised and seen amongst a field of such talented artists has given me confidence in my own voice and has pushed me to challenge myself further within my practice,' Spain said.

'Being involved in the Women’s Art Prize Tasmania has been such a valuable learning experience as a young artist.

'I feel honoured to have been involved in a prize that genuinely values the diversity of Tasmanian women artists and their rich contribution to the arts within the state.'

Image of Women's Art Prize awards presented to recipients

Image: Women's Art Prize Awards.

Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said the Women's Art Prize was a fantastic way to support women in art across Tasmania.

'It's great to see the platform the Women's Art Prize Tasmania provides for women in art across Tasmania each year,' Mayor van Zetten said.

'To have the award reach its 20th year milestone is fantastic and is a true testament to the passionate arts community we have here in Tasmania.'

RANT Arts Co-Director Kitty Taylor said the Women's Art Prize aimed to identify, promote, encourage and celebrate exceptional local and emerging Tasmanian women artists. 

'The creativity of Tasmania's women artists holds a transformative power that enriches our lives and communities,' Taylor said.

'Their work reveals important perspectives and challenges the status quo, stimulating conversations and a different way of seeing.

'We are privileged to be able to celebrate 20 years of showcasing their work to audiences across this state and beyond.'

The Women's Art Prize Tasmania 2022 Finalists Exhibition will be on display at the Museum at Inveresk (2 Invermay Road) from Saturday, 21 May 2022 to Sunday, 17 July 2022. 

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Media release issued Friday 20 May 2022.