Continuing its growth as Australia’s Most Prestigious Landscape Art Prize™, the Glover Prize has received a record number of entries from artists both domestically and internationally. The 2021 Glover Prize has attracted a total of 640 entries – up from 563 in 2020.
The Glover Prize received entries from every Australian state and territory, as well as 16 international submissions. Amongst these are entries from the UK, USA, New Zealand, France, Italy, Japan, Bangladesh, Romania, Belgium, Thailand, and Iran. These entries will all be considered by three independent judges to determine which of the 640 artworks will be exhibited as the 42 finalists at Falls Park Pavilion in March 2021. Of this year’s Glover Prize entries, more than half (358) came from artists based in mainland Australia, while the number of Tasmanian entries (266) has also increased.
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 42 finalists for this year’s Glover Prize will be announced on Friday the 5th of February 2021. These artworks will be on display and available for purchase during the Glover Prize Exhibition, which will be held at the historic Falls Park Pavilion in Evandale from Saturday the 6th of March, 2021 through to Sunday the 14th of March, 2021.
Taking place in March each year, Glover Prize attendees and organisers were fortunate in the timing of the 2020 event – which managed to narrowly avoid COVID-related lockdowns and run as usual. Now just a month away from the beginning of the 2021 event, organisers are hopeful that good luck with timing continues, as eased restrictions look to allow the 2021 Glover Prize to be one of the first major Tasmanian events to go ahead in the new year.