After receiving a record-breaking 640 entries this year and careful deliberation from the judges, the Glover Prize has announced its 42 finalists for 2021. These finalists represent the Judges’ selection of the best artworks of the Tasmanian landscape, chosen from the 640 entrants coming from every Australian state and territory, as well as from the UK, USA, New Zealand, France, Italy, Japan, Bangladesh, Romania, Belgium, Thailand, and Iran.
These 42 artworks will be on display at the Glover Prize Exhibition at Falls Park Pavilion in Evandale, Tasmania during March this year. Of the 42 finalists, 18 are artists from Tasmania, 23 are mainland artists, and is from France. Nineteen finalists have previously had artworks selected in Glover Prize Exhibitions, while three previous winners are represented. While these familiar faces are always welcome, it’s also exciting to see that 23 artists have never before had work presented as part of a Glover Prize Exhibition.
The judges for the Glover Prize 2021 are Director of the Philip Bacon Gallery, Philip Bacon AM; QVMAG Director Tracy Puklowski; and Artist and Curator Julie Gough. The 42 finalists selected by the judges will be in contention for the $50,000 cash prize and a bronze maquette of, colonial artist, John Glover. The John Glover Society Inc. will acquire the winning artwork for its collection.
The Glover Prize 2021 winner will be selected on Friday the 5th of March, while the exhibition will take place at the historic Falls Park Pavilion in Evandale from Saturday the 6th of March, 2021 through to Sunday the 14th of March, 2021. At the exhibition, visitors will have to opportunity to vote for their favourite artwork; with the votes being tallied up on Sunday March 14th to decide this year’s People’s Choice and Children’s Choice Award winners.