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Julie Fragar in 'The Tidal: City of Devonport National Art Award Exhibition'


  • Devonport Regional Gallery 45 Stewart Street Devonport, TAS, 7310 Australia (map)
Julie Fragar Antonio Departs Flores on the Whaling Tide 2016. Oil on board.

Julie Fragar Antonio Departs Flores on the Whaling Tide 2016. Oil on board.

The Tidal: City of Devonport National Art Award is a biennial, acquisitive award. Artists residing in Australia are invited to submit 2-dimensional artworks that reflect on tidal – the natural, cultural, personal or political concerns related to the sea and coastal regions.

The Award provides a contemporary platform for artists to ponder the myriad perspectives and challenges inherent within the interconnections of land and sea while also encouraging excellence in concept, innovation and execution of 2-dimensional artwork.

The $15,000 Major Award is sponsored by the Devonport City Council and the Devonport Regional Gallery Friends Committee. $1,000 People’s Choice Award is sponsored by Collins Real Estate, Devonport. This is a non-acquisitive award selected by the viewers of Tidal. The Award is announced at the conclusion of the exhibition.

The Award aims to:

  • Encourage experimentation within and across mediums relative to 2-dimensional works of art
  • Present a stimulating and diverse exhibition of contemporary Australian art practice to the Devonport Community and visitors to the region
  • Promote excellence in contemporary visual art that reflects on natural, cultural, personal or political concerns related to the sea, coastal regions and coastal communities

Opening & Award recipient announced: Friday 25 November 6:30 pm

This year’s judging panel consists of two nationally recognised art experts. Jane Devery, Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and Jane Stewart, Principal Curator of Art at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG). 

2016 Winner

Julie Fragar was presented the $15,000 Tidal: City of Devonport National Art Award 2016 by Mayor Steve Martin for her work Antonio Departs Flores on the Whaling Tide at the 2016 Finalists Exhibition on Friday 25 November. Antonio Departs Flores on the Whaling Tide is a richly layered painting that contains multiple images and references. The Brisbane-based artist, Julie Fragar, made the work after travelling to the Azores Islands in Portugal. Here, her ancestor Antonio, aged 12, ventured onto a whaling ship in 1850 – arriving in Australia 6 years later.

“Julie’s painting captures the wild adventure in a way which brings the present and the past together. The historic narrative reminds us of the continuing patterns of migration that reflect Australia today and is a compelling response to the ‘tidal’ theme.” said Tidal 2016 judges Jane Stewart and Jane Devery.

2016 Finalists

Diane Allison
Louisa Bufardeci
Janet Bush
Alex Davern
Julie Fragar
Joey Gracia
Helga Groves
Katherine Hattam
Liam James
Anthony Johnson
Amber Koroluk-Stephenson
Michael Muruste
Penny Mason
Sara Manser
Tess Campbell
Troy Ruffels
David Stephenson & Martin Walch
Evelyn Vyhnal
Megan Walch
Matt Warren
Carole Wilson
Anne Zahalka

People's Choice Award

Visit the Tidal: City of Devonport National Art Award Finalists Exhibition and vote for your favourite work. The winning artist will receive $1,000, courtesy of Collins Real Estate, and will be presented in the final week of the exhibition at the Tidal Festival in late January.

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