Lake Art Prize 2020

Lake Art Prize 2020 - Finalists Confirmed

The Lake Art Prize Finalist Exhibition will take place between 12 December 2020 - 7 February 2021

The Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie is pleased to announce the finalists for the inaugural Lake Art Prize.

With more than 600 submissions received for the prize, judges Cara Pinchbeck and Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE had the difficult task of selecting the finalists.

After a thorough review process, 42 artworks from 47 artists have been selected for the finalist exhibition.

The exhibition will take place at MAC between 12 December 2020 – 7 February 2021.

Lake Art Prize 2020 Finalists:

  • Ben Adams
  • Prudence Bansemer
  • Liam Benson
  • Robert Berry
  • Jesse Boyd-Reid
  • Matt Bromhead
  • Bonny Burangarra
  • Penelope Cain
  • Maria Camilleri
  • Wanjun Carpenter
  • Erin Coates, Louise Devenish and Stuart James
  • Dale Collier and Nicole Monks
  • Lottie Consalvo
  • Jasmine Craciun and Charlotte Hilder
  • Cheryl Cusick
  • Chelle Destefano
  • John Earle
  • Susan Eve
  • Emma Fielden
  • Mark Forbes
  • Diana Grant
  • Jay Jermyn
  • Connie Keith
  • Sturt Krygsman
  • Marisa Liistro
  • Denise Lombard
  • Dani McKenzie
  • Kate Nielsen
  • Paul O'Brien
  • Maricelle Oliver
  • Raj Panda
  • Pamela Pauline
  • Emily Portmann
  • Brianna Speight and Rosina Possingham
  • Shawn Stowe
  • Janet Tavener
  • Shonah Trescott
  • Deborah Van Heekeren
  • Rachel Wellisch
  • Ahn Wells
  • Katherine Williams
  • Suzi Zglinicki

Lake Art Prize 2020

The Lake Art Prize is a new biennial National Acquisitive Prize for Contemporary Australian Art - valued at $25,000.

Australian artists, aged 18 years and over, were invited to submit works which reflect on the theme 'Where there is Water'.

There is a total acquisitive prize pool of $25,000 (ex GST), with the funding made available by the generosity and support of Lake Macquarie City Council.

Contending artworks can be across all media and can take any form, including sculpture, painting, drawing, photomedia, installation, sound, and a single piece or multi-piece artwork.

The Lake Art Prize 2020 winner will be announced on 12 December 2020. The People’s Choice winner will be announced on 5 February 2021.


MAC and Water

As Lake Macquarie’s Museum of Art and Culture is nestled on the foreshore of this country’s largest coastal saltwater lake, overlooking an active marina, it is not surprising that water is an ongoing theme in the exhibition programming and collection development.

The changing weather reflected in the lake’s surface each day, the yachts sailing by, the visitors’ delight in the splendour of the surrounds, and the deep sense of the site’ Aboriginal significance, always remind us of where we are.

In working with the theme, artists not only embrace notions of location, but also explore water as a metaphor or narrative to describe aspects of survival, human emotion, and the state of the environment.

This major acquisitive Prize will signal ongoing development of Lake Macquarie’s Cultural Collections as an exhibition resource and community cultural asset under the collection theme of ‘Still Waters, Clear Visions’.


Judging Panel

Cara Pinchbeck is Kamilaroi and currently senior curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Central to her curatorial practice is ensuring cultural authority is acknowledged and respected, and working collaboratively with artists and communities to develop mutually beneficial projects. She also aims to create greater understanding of art through diverse means and was an executive producer of Faboriginal, an art quiz show for NITV broadcast earlier this year. Cara has written widely on Aboriginal art and was awarded the ‘Power Publications award for Indigenous art writing’ in 2018. Her recent exhibitions and publications include: Noŋgirrŋa Marawili: from me heart and mind, Art from Milingimbi: taking memories back and When silence falls.

Ms Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE began her career as curator/driver of the Scottish Arts Council's Travelling Gallery which ignited her commitment to engaging new audiences with the work of living artists. In 1989 she was appointed director of Ikon Gallery, Birmingham and in 1999 she took up the directorship of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia when it was facing significant challenges. To secure its future, she negotiated a new funding model with government, sponsors and philanthropists. Committed to supporting artists and expanding the audience for art, she has initiated a unique program of partnerships in Western Sydney. She successfully negotiated a $53m building redevelopment completed in 2012 which includes a National Centre for Creative Learning. Last year, the Museum attracted over 1m visitors. Ms Macgregor ’s innovation and contribution to the arts has been recognised with the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award in 2008 and the Australia Business Arts Foundation Business Leadership Award. In 2011 she received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. In 2019 she was included in ArtReview’s international Power 100 list, she won the 'Arts & Culture Category' of the Australian Financial Review '100 Women of Influence awards’ and was awarded the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue’s Patrons’ Prize for Collaboration. She is the Chair of the Federal Government’s “ Creative Economy Taskforce.” Liz Ann sits on the Foundation of the Sydney Swans and the Board of UNICEF Australia.


Further Information

Meryl Ryan, Senior Curator, Museum of Art and Culture, Lake Macquarie

lakeartprize@lakemac.nsw.gov.au T: 4921 0382 (main); M: 0437 847 146