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Saturday, 23 November 2019 - 9:00AM to Saturday, 1 February 2020 - 8:00PM
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The R & M McGivern Prize is back - bigger and bolder in 2019!
The R & M McGivern Prize 2019 - Anthropocene 

The theme for 2019 is ‘Anthropocene'

Held every three years, with a different theme each year, the $25,000 acquisitive prize for painting calls for artists across Australia to consider the impact of human habitation on the environment.

A concept proposed by scientists to describe the current era, the Anthropocene directly translates to 'anthro' (human) and 'cene' (recent). It proposes that changes occurring within the environment may be a direct and permanent result of human behaviour.

We received a record 450 entries this year with outstanding entries coming from all over the country. The 2019 finalists are:

Nicholas Aplin, Kate Beynon, Amber Boardman, Angela Brennan, Janet Burchill, Dord Burrough, Penelope Cain, Hamish Carr, Kevin Chin, Nadine Christensen, Dale Cox, Nicola Dickson, Fernando do Campo, Briell Ellison, Josh Foley, Juan Ford, Betra Fraval, Deanne Gilson, Helga Groves, Stephen Haley, Katherine Hattam, Euan Heng, Sophia Hewson, Miles Howard-Wilks, Deborah Klein, Kate Kurucz, Emma Lindsay, Tony Lloyd, Dane Lovett, Simon MacEwan, Jordan Marani, Sam Martin, Andrew Mezei, Luke Pither, Kenny Pittock, Victoria Reichelt, Mark Rodda, Evangelos Sakaris, Kate Shaw, Shannon Smiley, Julian Aubrey Smith, Jacqui Stockdale, Camilla Tadich, Jelena Telecki and Sarah Tomasetti.

2019 judges

  • Charlotte Day, Director, Monash University Museum of Art
  • Ryan Johnston, Director, Buxton Contemporary
  • Penny Teale, Bunjil Place Gallery Curator

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The R & M McGivern Prize will be exhibited across two venues from 23 November 2019 to 1 February 2020 at:

Exhibition activities and events

Exhibition opening and announcement of winner

Artwalk: McGivern Prize and Signal Boxes

Join us on our free walking tour of the R & M McGivern Prize and see our recently commissioned art signal boxes along the local streets of Maroondah on the way! Enjoy local public artworks as you walk between Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery and ArtSpace at Realm and hear insights from our guide to engage you with the ideas behind contemporary artists from around Australia.

Art and Ecology with Aviva Reed

 Join artist Aviva Reed in a collaborative art/ecology workshop.

Indigenous perspectives on the ‘Anthropocene’: Traditional knowledge and planetary health

Join us for a discussion on what the Anthropocene means from an Indigenous perspective, and ways of thinking about climate change and sustainability. Guest speakers include Aunty Janet Turpie-Johnstone, Tyson Yunkaporta and Aunty Irene Norman.

Date and Time

  • Saturday, 23 November 2019 - 9.00AM to Saturday, 01 February 2020 - 8.00PM
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