UQ Art Museum is excited to reveal the finalists for The University of Queensland’s highly anticipated 2017 National Self-Portrait Prize (NSPP):
Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran
Carla & Lisa Wherby
Erica Green, Director of the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art at the University of South Australia, has been confirmed as the 2017 NSPP judge.
This year’s $50,000, invitation-only, acquisitive prize is being curated by Glenn Barkley and Holly Williams of The Curators’ Department. We asked Glenn and Holly to provide an insight into the theme of this year’s Prize and the artists they’ve selected:
‘Look at me looking at you’ takes its title from the song ‘(I’m) Stranded’ by The Saints. Recorded in suburban Brisbane in 1976, ‘(I’m) Stranded’ quickly became an instant Australian cult hit and is now a classic. The Saints orbited around punk rock rather than being fully fledged members. Their intelligent, bombastic and pioneering attitude suits a more singular outlier vision rather than being part of any hip gang or fashionable style.
Most of the artists invited to participate in ‘Look at me looking at you’ are also in this spirit; they revel in aspects of the handmade, the hand-me-down, the urgent and the everyday. They come from a diverse range of backgrounds and ages, are at different points in their careers, and create a variety of touch points, from celebrating the banality of the everyday through to pop music, family relationships and the nature of identity.
On co-curating the 2017 Prize, Holly and Glenn said:
We’re really pleased to be co-curating the 2017 UQ ‘National Self-Portrait Prize’. Our curating style has an inclusive focus and we always seek to present artistic practices beyond the mainstream, alongside work by established and early career artists. This includes the representation of artists working outside of the major metropolitan centres and institutions.
Holly curated the touring show ‘Creative Accounting’ that was exhibited at UQ in November 2016, so we’re really pleased to be continuing our relationship with such a dynamic institution and its terrific staff!