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2018 The Churchie National Emerging Art Prize

finalist Ronda Sharpe 2018


‘the churchie’ Committee and QUT Art Museum today announced the finalists for the churchie national emerging art prize 2018. From over 1000 individual artworks submitted, 35 artists, crossing a broad range of disciplines, have been selected as the nation’s top emerging visual artists.

The 2018 Finalists are:

1. Hailey Atkins (QLD)
2. Kelly Austin (TAS)
3. Priscilla Beck (TAS)
4. Harriet Body (NSW)
5. Sundari Carmody (SA)
6. Gregory Carosi  (NSW)
7. Ellie Chalmers-Robinson (VIC)
8. Nancy Constandelia (NSW)
9. Jackson Farley (NSW)
10. Rebecca Gallo (NSW)
11. Caroline Gasteen (QLD)
12. Eileen Giles (NT)
13. Louise Gresswell (VIC)
14. Tjukupati James (NT)
15. Laura E. Kennedy (TAS)
16. Kenneth Lambert (NSW)
17. Kim Leutwyler (NSW)
18. Kannitha Ly  (QLD)
19. Annie Macindoe  (QLD)
20. Matthew McAlpine (WA)
21. Will Nolan (SA)
22. Jimmy Nuttall (VIC)
23. Luke O'Connor (NSW)
24. Parallel Park (QLD)
25. Sophie Penkethman-Young (NSW)
26. Marikit Santiago (NSW)
27. Nick Santoro (NSW)
28. Rebecca Selleck (ACT)
29. Ronda Sharpe (QLD)
30. Sancintya Mohini Simpson (QLD)
31. Kevina-Jo Smith (NSW)
32. Anne Stevens (SA)
33. Chris Twiney (NSW)
34. Henry Jock Walker and Scott Pyle (SA)
35. Min Wong (SA)

The 2018 pre-selection panel consisted of Katherine Dionysius (QUT Art Museum Assistant Curator), Dr Chris Bennie (visual artist and lecturer at QCA Griffith University), Leah King-Smith (visual artist and lecturer in the School of Creative Practice QUT), and Vicky Leighton (Head of Art at Churchie).

Katherine Dionysius comments, “One of the great things about this prize is that entries are not restricted by medium or subject matter, and we are excited that the finalists this year represent a diverse cross-section of emerging art practices in Australia. The work includes explorations of culture, identity and the environment - from the playful to the powerful and deeply personal - as well as vibrant investigations into form and colour, and thoughtful meditations on surface and materiality.”

The 2018 prize winners will be determined by guest judge Lisa Havilah, director of Carriageworks, Sydney. The Major Prize and three Commendations will be announced at the official opening of the exhibition, open to the public, at QUT Art Museum on Friday 7 September 6 to 8 pm. The exhibition will remain open until 4 November and will feature artworks from each of the 35 finalists.

The overall prize winner will be awarded a $15,000 non-acquisitive cash prize sponsored by long-time supporters of ‘the churchie’, Brand + Slater Architects, along with two Commendation Prizes of $1,000 each (sponsored by Madison Cleaning and Painting Services) and a Highly Commended Prize of $5,000 (sponsored by NK Orthodontist). An inaugural People’s Choice Award of $3,000 (sponsored by Rob Whiteley of Madison Cleaning Services) will be awarded following the completion of the exhibition.   Image: 2017 Finalist Claire Robertson, Above & Below (still) 2017, two-channel HD video installation, 16:9, colour, stereo. Edition 1/3. Made in collaboration with Jasmine Robertson

Swell Sculpture Festival 2018

Collaborative project 

Artist- Joy Heylen, Agata Mouasher, Ronda Sharpe,Jacqueline Damon & Luke Mallie.

September 14-23, 2018



Come face to face with awe-inspiring sculptures by local, national and international artists at the 16th SWELL Sculpture Festival, 14 – 23 September, 2018.

Stay a little longer and discover a range of unique experiences; guided twilight walks, artist talks and artist led workshops.


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Woven Path

Woven Path designed by Ronda Sharpe woven in collaboration with Agata Mouasher for ‘Embryo' Collaborative installation Swell 2019.

Turning trash into treasure a swell idea

Griffith University Publication titled Ronda Sharpe with part of her Swell Sculpture Festival installation

Totems, Masks & Upcycled Exhibition

Sculptor’s Society Gold Coast Incorporated
Featured Showcase

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City Libraries 

Annual Artist Showcase 2018

​1 August - 12 August 2018

The Tree of life and seasons 2018,  Ronda Sharpe, print and collage.

City Libraries Artist Exhibition 2018 will showcase some of our region's lively artistic community. This inaugural community exhibition is open to Gold Coast artists who have participated in City Libraries ‘Artist Showcase’ program, either displaying their work and/or as an ‘Artist in Residence’ at one of 12 City Libraries over the past 12 months. 
All types of media accepted, but must reflect this years theme ’seasons’. eg: summer landscape, winter portrait, painting of seasonal flora or fauna or something else that is reflective of one our 4 seasons. 
The exhibition held at the Robina Community Art Gallery, August – 12 August. A gala night event will be held on 9 August. 
A ‘Peoples Choice Award’ will be presented at the conclusion of the exhibition.

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