The Courier Mail - Sunday Mail - May 4, 2008 - Ronnie Girdham
From urban teen cool to the Rainbow
Serpent, the Churchie art show is a display
of excellence, writes Ronnie Girdham
ART judge SimonWright was given a
website and a password and told he
had two weeks to complete the
preliminary judging of more than 760
works entered in the 21st Churchie
National Emerging Art Exhibition.
He was given only the name of the
artist, the name of the work and the
image — no ages, no locations, no
histories — and within four days,
viewing in four to five-hour blocks,
had selected what he considered the
finest 105 of the 400 paintings, 180
works on paper, 115 sculptures and
69 new-technology entries.
And the director of the Griffith
Artworks and Dell Gallery at the
Queensland College of Art was
mightily impressed with what he
saw submitted for the Brisbane
Anglican Church Grammar
‘‘People connected with the
school really got their act
together. (In other ones I’ve
judged they’ll give you a CD
the size of a phone book),’’ he
‘‘It’s like a blind wine-tasting.
All I could judge on was what it
looked like and what it tasted like.’’
The grand prize is $10,000, in
addition to the category prizes, to be
announced at the opening of the
exhibition late this month.
Wright said he later learnt the
entries had come from all over
Australia, living up to its claims of
representing a truly national art
‘‘Rhonda Ferling’s oil portrait Bad
Boydoesn’t slip into the nostalgic
formula of presenting an insight into
the personality,’’ he said.
‘‘She’s painted her son, who happens
to be autistic, but she’s not
playing any violins. He’s a cheeky kid
and she’s made a remarkable connection
between the subject and the
The winner will be announced on
May 30 and all 105 works preselected
will make up the exhibition.
All entries will be for sale.
The Churchie, Morris Hall, Anglican
Church Grammar School, Oaklands
Pde, East Brisbane. May 29 to June 1
(Thursday and Friday 10am-2pm,
Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 9am-
R.M. Williams, OUTBACK, Issue, 59 June/July 2008, Education, p.149 For Learning's Sake, by Reidar Von Hirsch.
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