Previous Winners

2018

Pre-selection Panel

  • Claire Bushby – Artist and Curator based in Perth
  • Prof Bill Loader – Theologian and Minister of the UCA
  • Janis Nedela – Artist, Curator and Co-Director of Gallery East

Judges

  • Dr Ric Spencer – Artist and writer; Curator at the Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Anne Ryan – Curator Australian Prints, Drawings and Watercolours at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • Jarrod McKenna – Teaching Pastor at Cornerstone Church, World Vision Middle East and Eastern Europe’s consultant on nonviolent social change and co-founder of the #lovemakesaway movement

St John of God Health Care Prize Winner
$25,000 acquisitive

MIKAELA CASTLEDINE
God is in the House
Crochet cotton, glass and ceramic found objects

The judge’s commented that this is a beautifully crafted piece that takes ordinary found objects and through the artistic process turns them into the sacred.  The humble materials of glass, beads and thread have been made into something much more significant.  The feminine craft of the work speaks to the human desire to create architectural forms.  The forms are clearly recognizable as ecclesiastical but from a range of different faiths.

Highly Commended Prize Winner #1
Sponsored by the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth
$5,000 non-acquisitive

SIMON AND NAOMI MCGRATH
The First Earth – Sickness and Death
Radiology scans printed on Perspex light box

The artists take the recognisable ecclesial form of a stained glass window and merge it with a personal journey through medical technology. The images of typically Christian elements of hands, metal protrusions and babies take on a whole new meaning.

It is a personal journey of transition made universal through spiritual architecture turning the visceral, cold and macabre into something that breathes hope. The Christian theological stance that death is not the end of the world is expressed in a surprising way. Iconography is the window to the divine and this window leads to a new and better future.

Highly Commended Prize Winner #2
Sponsored by the Anglican Diocese of Perth
$5,000 non-acquisitive

BRIAN ROBINSON
Moving with the Rhythm of the Stars
Linocut

Brian is an artist who straddles multiple cultures and he integrates the idea of mapping the stars in a traditional way with a modern sextant and a view of an ancient Greek god bearing the weight of the world. A mask from his own culture is juxtaposed with the figure of Atlas anchoring this work in timeless forms. How can we think of a new world when the effects of colonialism are still felt and overlaying original cultures? The artist provides metaphors of how we can see the world.  A Utopian vision that is integrated with traditional islander motifs and elements.

Patricia Toohey Painting Prize
Sponsored by St Joseph’s Parish Subiaco
$5,000 non-acquisitive

JULIE DAVIDSON
And I Saw (after John Martin)
Oil and resin on wood

This painting has a contemporary feel in materials linking to popular culture yet depicting a traditional ancient visionary story. The heroic man seems curious about the apocalyptic scene ahead of him yet calmly forges ahead. The traditional circular shape gives the impression of a lens through which the viewer is looking. As if illustrating a graphic novel the viewer is drawn into a contemporary portrayal of the apocalyptic destruction of the future. The gloss finish brings the environment around it into the picture as if the ‘selfie’ is allowed to be part of the image.

 

People’s Choice Award Winner
Sponsored by the Benedictine Community of Holy Trinity New Norcia
$2,000 non-acquisitive

MIKAELA CASTLEDINE
God is in the House
Crochet cotton, glass and ceramic found objects

 

2016

Pre-selection Panel

  • Jenepher Duncan – Curator, Contemporary Australian Art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
  • Helen Caroll – Curator, Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art
  • Reverend Ryan Green – Rector, Parish of Swanbourne—Mt Claremont

Judges

  • Dr Petra Kayser – Curator, Department of Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery of Victoria
  • Prof. Ted Snell – Director, University of Western Australia Cultural Precinct
  • Rev. Dr Tom Elich – Director, Liturgy Brisbane


“We were really pleased to see such a diversity of works today: the use of various media including painting, photography, sculpture and video – and this wide range of approaches.

The works come from each artist’s distinct set of concerns and way of working, and many of them challenge conventions. The 44 works we see here – which were selected from 260 entries – address the subject of Resurrection in different ways, and none of them represent it in a literal way. The artists have taken an imaginative leap to show us what Resurrection means to them. We talked about devotional art, and whether the artwork has to be inspired by a religious sentiment or idea, or whether it’s the response of the viewer that defines the work as devotional. And it’s all of those things combined. The maker, the viewer and the circumstances create a complex web of interaction.

We judged the works on the artist’s response to the theme, visual impact, creativity and technical skill.

We have different backgrounds – that comes through in our responses, and we’ve all enjoyed the conversation we had around these artworks today. But we were unanimous when we chose the three winning works.

All of these are powerful statements about personal experience, expressed in such a way that they can take us somewhere, intellectually and emotionally.”

St John of God Health Care Prize Winner
$25,000 acquisitive

MEGAN ROBERT
The Bread Basket at Emmaus – then Flesh returned to the Word
Bible paper and thread

Here is a whole bible, every printed page carefully rolled up and sewn into a basket in a long process of assemblage. The bread basket brings together word and sacrament, relating to the episode when the resurrected Christ walked with the disciples on the road to Emmaus and revealed himself when he broke bread at Supper.

The bread basket is a container but an empty vessel, it speaks of absence and presence, and we found that many possible readings and meanings can be drawn from this humble, yet complex object.

Highly Commended Prize Winner #1
Sponsored by the Anglican Diocese of Perth
$5,000 non-acquisitive

CAMILLA LOVERIDGE
Over Jerusalem
Oil, wax, polymer and paper fibre on marine ply

A beautifully worked, tactile painting of a landscape – which she described as ‘the burnt terrain of humanity and life’. Attached to the surface of the painting is a brittle white round shape, which makes the absent body of Christ, present through the host.

Highly Commended Prize Winner #2
Sponsored by the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth
$5,000 non-acquisitive

LIBBY BYRNE
Resurrection: A Daily Navigation
Pigment ink prints on Canon Rag Photographique, 310 gsm in a handmade box

A daily navigation is a set of 50 prints documenting a drawing process, beginning on Ash Wednesday, and continued every day until Easter Sunday. Libby set up this process in order to understand the journey towards Resurrection.

She photographed the changing drawing each day, recording its development, which includes scraping back paint, starting again, taking a new turn and transforming the image. This is a process, a meditation that requires time, observation, thought, and persistence.

Download the 2016 Catalogue