THE BLAKE ART PRIZE
The 67th Blake Art Prize
Congratulations to the finalists of The 67th Blake Prize! Click here to see the full list of finalists
The judges will choose the best contemporary artworks that address ideas related to religion, spirituality and/or belief. There are three prizes to be won!
1. The Blake Prize is a non-acquisitive prize of $35,000
2. The Blake Emerging Artist Prize is an acquisitive prize of $6,000
3. The Blake Established Artist Residency - consisting of a residency and solo exhibition hosted by CPAC.
All prizes are strictly non-sectarian. Entries are not restricted to any specific faith or artistic style.
The winners of the 67th Blake Prize and the Blake Poetry Prize will be announced on the 26th of March 2022. Click here to book your FREE ticket to the Winners Announcement event.
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Entries open: 9 August 2021
Entries close: 15 November 2021
Finalist announcement: Friday 14 January 2022
Launch & Winners Announcement: Saturday 26 March 2022
Exhibition dates: 17 March – 22 May 2022
Meet the Judging Panel for the 67th Blake Prize!
Abdul Abdullah is an Australian multi-disciplinary artist. As a self-described ‘outsider amongst outsiders’ with a post 9/11 mindset, his practice is primarily concerned with the experience of the ‘other’. Abdullah’s projects have engaged with different marginalised minority groups and he is particularly interested in the disjuncture between perception/projection of identity and the reality of lived experience. Identifying as a Muslim and having both Malay/Indonesian and convict/settler Australian heritage, Abdullah occupies a precarious space in the political discourse that puts him at odds with popular definitions. He sees himself as an artist working in the peripheries of a peripheral city, in a peripheral country, orbiting a world on the brink. His work has been censored by politicians who have accused him of attacking Australian culture, and once a member of the Christian Democratic party wrote that Abdullah wants to “convert young Australians” and that he “worships a moon god”.
Megan Monte is the inaugural Director of Ngununggula, and her previous roles include Director of Cement Fondu and Curator of Contemporary Art at Campbelltown Arts Centre. Megan’s expertise extends to curation and arts management. She has been the recipient of competitive grants, including the Australia Council for the Arts Venice Biennale Emerging Curators Program 2015 and Basel Hong Kong Curator’s Program 2017. Megan has a BVA (Sydney College of the Arts), Diploma Secondary Education (New England University) and Masters in Curating and Cultural Leadership (UNSW Art & Design).
Rosemary Crumlin OAM
Rosemary Crumlin OAM is a Sister of Mercy, art historian, educator and exhibition curator with a special interest in art and spirituality. She was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the 2001 Queen's Birthday Honours for service to the visual arts, particularly the promotion and understanding of contemporary and religious art, to education, and to the community. Key exhibitions projects she has curated include ‘Beyond Belief: Modern Art and the Religious Imagination’ (1998) at the National Gallery of Victoria, and 'The Blake prize for religious art: the first 25 years' (1984) at Monash University Gallery. Rosemary also published ‘The Blake Book’ exploring the first 60 years of the Blake Prize, she has a deep knowledge of the prize and its history.
Since 1951, The Blake Prize has engaged artists, nationally and internationally, with ideas of spirituality and religion. The prize takes its name from William Blake, the world-famous 18th Century artist, and poet who threaded the religious and artistic throughout his practice. Building on this history, The 67th Blake Prize continues to encourage contemporary artists of varied styles and religious and spiritual allegiances to create significant works of art, which engage in conversations and negotiations concerning spirituality, religion and/or belief.
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre has proudly presented The Blake Prize as a biennial event since 2016, ensuring the future of this landmark prize. Casula Powerhouse is ideally positioned in Liverpool, a community of people from over 150 different birthplaces, speaking over 140 languages with an equally diverse range of faith backgrounds. We are committed to supporting emerging and established artists to create work that reflect Australian communities.
CPAC will maintain the guiding principles of The Blake Prize, continuing to engage contemporary artists, both nationally and internationally, in conversations concerning faith, spirituality, religion, hope, humanity, social justice, belief and non – belief. The Blake Prize presents an aesthetic means of exploring the wider experience of spirituality and all this may entail through the visionary imagining of contemporary artists.