Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery will launch a new chapter in the development of its long association with the genre of still life with the new National Still Life Award.
The still life genre was proposed for the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery in 2007 as there was no pre-existing art award in Australia with this subject. Ten years later, it remains the only award for the still life genre in Australia and attracts entries from all around the country from artists in all stages of their careers.
Building on the foundation established by the Gallery in 2007 with the support of Sydney based business man and sponsor, Dr. Mal Eutick, the Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (known as EMSLA™) has established Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery as the home of the still life genre.
“We thank Dr Eutick for the considerable contribution that he has made not only to the award and the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, but also the development of the still life genre and our nation’s artists,” said Chris Chapman, Director Sustainable Communities, Coffs Harbour City Council.
The still life award has become a signature event in the cultural calendar of the Coffs Harbour region and has a wide ranging audience demographic from curious community members to avid art lovers.
The National Still Life Award will become a biennial exhibition from 2019, alternating with Grafton Regional Gallery’s JADA (Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award).
The next still life award exhibition will occur 24 November 2017 – 20 January 2018.