Who is Looking at You, is Cambridge Studio Gallery’s annual Portrait Prize, where the first prize is a coveted solo exhibition to be held in the gallery in the following year. Cambridge Studio Gallery sees this as an opportunity for emerging artists to test their skills & techniques in a very competitive industry. It is also one way the gallery can give back to the arts community: by offering a space to exhibit (a very important process in an artist’s development).
A People’s Choice Award announced on the last day of the show also offers a lucky artist the opportunity to exhibit in the gallery’s Christmas group show. Cambridge Studio Gallery sees the annual Who’s Looking at You? prize as an important alternative to the big portrait competitions, where emerging artists have a chance to be seen and talented entrants can be approached for further opportunities.
This year’s judges are Godwin Bradbeer and Yvette Coppersmith, both of whom will bring their artistic experiences to this year’s prize.
Godwin has a reputation for intense and large scale figurative drawing. From 2005 until 2010 he was the Head of Drawing in the School of Art at RMIT University in Melbourne. He has held over forty solo exhibitions and had an exhibition of his work that toured eight regional galleries in Australia. Godwin’s work is included within many public and private the collections, including of the Australian National Gallery and the National Gallery of Victoria, etc. His work has also been shown at the Art Gallery of N.S.W. in the Dobell Drawing Award, the national award for drawing in Australia, a prize that he won in 1998 and has subsequently been included a further 11 times.
Yvette holds a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) from the Victorian College of the Arts (2001) and has exhibited in Melbourne and Sydney at over ten commercial galleries. Yvette was the winner of the inaugural Metro 5 Art Prize in 2003 and has been finalist in the Rick Amor Self Portrait Prize, Arthur Guy Painting Prize, Fletcher Jones Art Prize, Portia Geach Memorial Award, Archibald Prize and The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. Yvette’s works are held in the collections of Artbank, Trinity College, The University of Melbourne, Supreme Court of Victoria, Benalla Art Gallery, Melbourne High School, and the Jewish Museum of Australia.
In its third year, the Who is Looking at You? previous winners have been Guy Morgan, selected for the Archibald, Black Swan and Doug Moran Portrait Prizes in the following year, and Kimberley Liddle, who is about to hold her winning solo exhibition following the 2016 prize.
Entries close midnight January 22.
Opening and announcement of winner- Saturday 13th February, 2- 4pm.
Exhibition runs: 10 – 28 Feb, 2016