Sunshine Coast National Art Prize 2024

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Congratulations to our talented represented artists, Renee Broders, Andy Harwood, Veronica Cay and Paul Snell. Each have been selected as finalists in the Sunshine Coast National Art Prize 2024

The national acquisitive Sunshine Coast National Art Prize is a dynamic visual arts award reflecting outstanding contemporary 2D and new media arts practice in Australia. Now in its eighteenth year, the exhibition presents the remarkable finalist works by artists from across the country.

The artwork awarded with the Major Prize will be acquired into the Sunshine Coast Art Collection. A People’s Choice prize is also decided by way of public vote by exhibition visitors.



Sweet Caroline is a story of passion, capturing the profound connection between two long-lost souls. Through the use of abstract form and a vibrant colour palate, Broders challenges the relationship between colour and shape, to create an intimate portrait of love and lust. Delicate and multi-dimensional in its nature, love is symbolised by a single lace glove. It’s central position emphasises the superficial connection between the two subjects, while the intricacy of the pattern suggests a deeper, more complex affection.

View all works by Renee Broders here: STOCKROOM



Andy Harwood’s painting, ‘Extended Light (Green Light / Turquoise)’ is an exploration of colour and its adaptability. Considering the interactions between light and colour through mathematically coordinated compositions. Exposing the colour in its solid form alongside semi- transparent, painterly forms gives the viewer the opportunity to view how colour is influenced and changed by its surroundings. This process is akin to the human experience. The body readily responds to varying environmental and physiological changes for us to survive. ‘Extended Light’ resonates with an inner luminosity, the static canvas vibrating with its own kinetic energy as the gaze is simultaneously pulled between movement and stillness. Harwood’s painting intends to shift the emphasis of his work away from perception willed by the artist to reception engineered by the viewer.

View all works by Andy Harwood here: STOCKROOM



This work ‘eavesdropping on the domestic’ and the accompanying images all explore the roles and relationships of courtesans throughout history. Sometimes held in high regard - often the most gifted, highly educated artisans and performers; entertaining and engaging everyone around them. Other times falling into disrepute with the term being used as a euphemism for a prostitute. Many courtesans had legal contracts with their partners and long-lasting relationships that provided security and independence into old age similar to a marriage contract hence ‘eavesdropping on the domestic’ is a contemporary view parodying the historical.

View all works by Veronica Cay here:  STOCKROOM




The pause, the gap and the omission are increasingly significant in our saturated image driven society. 

Through this work the daily saturation is replaced by selective sensitisation, these pieces continue my exploration of non-representative forms and examines the possibilities of abstraction and minimalism in photo-media. Bleed # 202374 investigates the transformation of photographic modes of production and the manipulation of data to invent new visual forms, exploring the intricate relationship between making and taking photographs, painting, photography, and object and screen. By rhythmically repeating, pairing, overlapping, and sequencing through the investigations of specific colour relationships, I seek a sensory understanding of the physical object. These pieces are not representations of certain realities; they are their own reality. These works aim to create a space for people to simply be, feel life itself, and breathe. 

View all works by Paul Snell here:  STOCKROOM


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