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Record Entries For 2017 Glover Prize

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Tuesday January 31, 2017 Record Entries For 2017 Glover Prize - Click to view as PDF The 2017 Glover Prize has received a record number of entries. The 336 artworks include entries from every state and territory of Australia. Overseas entries include submissions from the United Kingdom and Singapore.

Speaking about the record number of submissions, Glover Prize Media Director, Mark Wells, said that the number of entries had been growing each year as awareness of the prestigious annual landscape art prize reached more artists. “The inaugural Glover Prize in 2004 attracted 75 entries and was perceived as a Tasmanian art prize.

Today, the Glover Prize is recognised world-wide as one of the most prestigious landscape art prizes offered in any country,” Mr Wells said. “Receiving a record number of entries is always pleasing, as it is to see the standard of the artworks entering the Glover Prize improve each year. The John Glover Society Board is always looking for ways to improve the Glover Prize and what it offers to the Tasmanian community, artists, and visitors. In 2016, the Glover Prize extended the exhibition opening days, which exposes the exhibited finalists to a greater audience.

This resulted in more paintings being sold, which makes entering the Glover Prize attractive to more artists,” he added. The 336 entries will be considered by three independent judges who will have the difficult task of selecting just 42 paintings to make up the 2017 Glover Prize finalists. “The judges for the 2017 Glover Prize are acclaimed artist and winner of the Archibald prize in 2011, Ben Quilty; Director of ARTAND, Eleonora Triguboff; and Senior Curator of Art at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Dr Mary Knights.

“The 42 finalists selected by the judges will be exhibited at Falls Park Pavilion in Evanale for the duration of the Glover Prize and will be contenders for the $40,000 cash prize. The winner of the 2017 Glover Prize will also receive a limited edition bronze Marquette of colonial artist John Glover. “This year, 2017, is a particularly special year for the John Glover Society. We recognise the birth of John Glover 250 years ago and celebrate his legacy as the father of landscape art in Australia,” Mr Wells said. MEDIA NOTES: Established in 2004,

The Glover Prize is Australia’s most prestigious landscape art prize. It is awarded for the work judged the best contemporary landscape painting of Tasmania completed in the previous 12 months.

The winner receives $40,000 and a bronze Marquette of colonial artist John Glover, whose legacy is celebrated though the prize. Landscape painting is defined in its broadest sense. The aim is to stimulate conversations about the meaning and possibilities expressed in the words landscape, painting, and Tasmania.

The Glover Prize is open to artists from anywhere in the world. The exhibition commences on the March long-weekend, March 11-14, 2017 and continues the following weekend, March 18-19, 2017, at the historic Falls Park Pavilion in Evandale; a colonial village on the beautiful northern plains of Tasmania Circa 1811.

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Airport art project celebrates Glover anniversary and Ten Days

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Photo/Vision – Local identities drawing large Glover painting Interview with Artistic Director, David Malacari Ten Days on the Island, Launceston Airport Corporation and The John Glover Society have combined to create a unique installation in the airport’s arrival lounge, which celebrates the colonial artist’s connection to the local Northern Midlands landscape which inspired much of his work. Local arts identities and festival partners including Launceston Mayor, Albert Van Zetten, will be trying their hand at contributing to the picture at its launch today.

John Glover’s My Harvest Home: 1835, is being used as the basis of an artwork, which will be redrawn by many members of the public who move through the airport during February and March; and will promote The Patterdale Project curated by the John Glover Society at nearby Deddington. Ten Days on the Island Artistic Director, David Malacari, said the relationship between the three organisations makes it the perfect way to engage with people about John Glover, the local landscape, and Ten Days on the Island. “To have members of the public draw a small piece of My Harvest Home: 1835 and combine them to eventually have a finished product, made by many, will be a lot of fun and is something I will be coming back to check on as it develops,” Mr Malacari said.

“We have an extensive Tasmanian visual arts program in our 2017 Festival, most of it free of charge and scattered all around the state from Zeehan to St Helens. I encourage all Tasmanian’s get out and experience some amazing arts experiences,” Mr Malacari said. The John Glover Society Media Director, Mark Wells, said the long-term relationship with the Launceston Airport Corporation is highly valued and important to the success of the Glover Prize. “The Launceston Airport Corporation has been involved with the Glover Prize since its inception in 2004.

Over the past 14 years, the corporation’s generous support of the People’s Choice Award, has encouraged the community to be intimately involved with the finalists’ works and to reward the artist they feel is most deserving of the $3,000 People’s Choice Award prize,” Mr Wells said. “Each year, the Glover Prize brings an element of creativity to the Launceston Airport. In 2017, as part of Glover 250, we are pleased to partner with Ten Days on the Island to bring this community art project to life,” he added.

The public artwork is open from now until the end of March and will be updated regularly on social media through the Ten Days and Launceston Airport Corporation Facebook pages. The Patterdale Project is located at 183 Uplands Road, Deddington and will be open during March on Saturday 11th - Monday 13th, Saturday 18th, and Sunday 19th To purchase tickets simply head to, phone 6210 5777. Ends: Picture opportunity at 11.30am in the arrivals area of the Launceston Airport For further information, please contact Tanya Hussey on 0434 359 818 or

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