The Emma Hack Art Prize is a $5000 acquisitive art prize for all South Australian based artists from any discipline, with a yearly theme.


I wish I could exhibit the full range of entries, every one is incredibly special and I know how much time to takes to create for a prize such as this. So, its with respect and a BIG thank you that I congratulate the 40 finalists of 2018.


Join to celebrate and support those that made it ‪through on Thursday, 1st March, 6pm‬.


'The Finalists' exhibition and 'People's Choice' voting will be open ‪Tuesday, 27th February at 9am‬.





Louise Anders

Genius is eternal patience – Michelangelo. This painting represents a return to the culture of patience following, a resurgence in the painting and drawing techniques of the old masters, and a turn away from instant gratification.

Title: Patience
Dimensions 79 x 53cm
Material: Oil on Belgian Linen
Year: 2018
Price: $1500



JA Arnott

We’ve become cultural bowerbirds, attracted to bits of shiny thread to feather our nests. If we look at ourselves, we do not see a unified culture, so instead we adopt stories and folklore of others and take them for our own.

Title: Sarah as Frida as Flora
Dimensions: 101 x 76cm
Material: oil on wood panel and detail in gold leaf
Year: 2018
Price: $3800




Carole Bann

The art/culture of communication has changed drastically over the years. Our phones are part of us now, how can we live without them? I wanted to depict this change in our culture and the obsession we have for sharing, over sharing and communication. Times and cultures are always changing.

Title: Communication
Dimensions/Running Time/Word Count: 13 x 16cm
Material: Metalpoint, 24ct gold and silver on specially prepared paper
Year: 2018
Price: $600




Peter Barnes

A reflection on the dominance and influence of screens, large and small, in contemporary Australian culture, with an oblique reference to Michael Leunig's famous cartoon “TV Sunrise”.  Made in January 2018 at the south end of Sellicks Beach with a bunch of very obliging friends.

Title: Screen Idyll
Dimensions: 80 x 64cm
Material: Archival inkjet print on cotton rag
Year: 2018
Price: $430





Alex Beckinsale

This work is a response to the 'facelessness' of unknown people in abandoned photography. It is an exploration of how, through time, the defining traits of an individual, their identity and their culture, can be lost.

Title: Missing
Dimensions: 40 x 50 cm
Material: Mounted fine art print on cotton paper
Year: 2017
Price: $422




Alice Blanch

As human beings we map the landscape. We trace and plot the contours of mountains, the depth of valleys, the point of contact between the ocean and lands edge. We build our culture from the ground up.

Title: A Shifting Stillness #4
Dimensions: 95 x 110cm
Material: Fine Art Photographic Print
Year: 2017
Price: $1700




Caitlin Bowe

To explore my own trauma, I turn to the cultural stories of my Celtic heritage. Broken glass protrudes from one hand, violets from the other. Both materials are a reference to trauma, personal and mythological.

Title: She did have held my hands so brave and gentle
Dimensions: 12 x 80 x 16cm
Material: Wax, windshield glass, violets, oak
Year: 2017
Price: $400






Michael Carney

The ephemeral nature of our existence is eluded to in this gestural painting. While i hope it is to be enjoyed on colour composition and other aesthetic merits, the inspiration derives from a juxtaposition of decadence and decay. Familiar forms contrast with gestural brush strokes that intertwine to create a surreal composition that plays with ideas of fetishised disaster in popular culture.

Title: Neostalgia
Dimensions: 110.5 x 83.5cm
Material: Oil on canvas
Year: 2017
Price: $1500








Andrew Clarke

A painting from a series of works implementing colour theory using mundane domestic objects. Like much of my work existential themes are explored through the intersection of the domestic interior with absurdist theatricality.

Title: The Damson Dilettantes
Dimensions: 120 x 85cm
Material: Oil on canvas
Year: 2017
Price: $3500

Represented by Hill-Smith Gallery





Jason Cordero

Shadows of my heritage and influences have informed a landscape condensed from my travels. It is not a literal place, but one steeped in half forgotten mythologies and primal responses to the unknown. It is the result of culture.

Title: The Observer's Progress
Dimensions: 76 x 56cm
Material: Charcoal and Graphite on Paper
Year: 2017
Price: $3000

Represented by BMG ART








Jasmine Crisp

Whilst travelling I discovered that, like many, I have a tendency to collect the exotic, to treasure objects of difference, to itemise cultural icons and attempt to take them home. My painting speaks for what couldn't be carried.

Title: He told her she couldn't carry it all back, she knew
Dimensions: 135 x 65 cm
Material: oil on canvas
Year: 2017
Price: $990





James Dean

Whether it is disadvantage or privilege, it remains difficult to bridge the gap between experiences.
Values, beliefs, rights, wealth and entitlement are inherited through generations of people. A culture can perpetuate itself in its lack of exposure to others in its positive and negative aspects alike.


Title: The Children of Privilege
Dimensions: 102 x 102 cm
Material: Oil on canvas
Year: 2018
Price: $3000







Shaye Duong

I inherited the unique essence of my culture from my father, but have I embraced this gift in its complete physicality? Culture is learned; acquired, thus, the experience of being a multiracial person of colour can be complex.

This painting depicts several family members, some of whom I have never met and possibly never will, in attendance at my grandfather's funeral ceremony wearing traditional attire. I have touched the soil of the motherland just once, and I cannot speak my language. I mourn for aspects of my culture that may never completely be mine.

Title: Mourning
Dimensions: 62 x 92.5cm
Material: Oil on canvas
Year: 2018
Price: $1300







Bernadette Freeman

The portrait of a child working within the Indian cotton growing industry is layered with evocative symbolism, referencing the oppression and suffering of children whose faces and contribution often go unseen or are ignored.

Title: Little Fingers
Dimensions: 69 x 69 cm
Material: oil on canvas
Year: 2017
Price: $600






Steph Fuller

This is a photographic recreation of the original Pale Blue Dot (1990). The exploration of deep space is now a normalised part of modern culture: we are invested in the journey in real-time, sharing in every discovery made.

Title: Pale Blue Dot
Dimensions: 85 x 56cm    
Archival Giclée print on rag paper, framed with museum glass.
1/10 (+1AP)
Year: 2017
Price: $1200







Hilary Gaston

This piece focuses on the negative aspects of popular culture, fed to us by Hollywoods trashiest pulp. Who will strike the match!

Title: 'Burn Hollywood Burn’
Dimensions: 120 x 90cm
Material: Acrylic/collage on canvas
Year: 2018
Price: $2600





Yasmin Grass

A violet green palette references the struggle and contribution of the Suffragettes in the late 19th C. Victorian objects juxtaposed with leaf imagery are used to reflect on and celebrate history growth and renewal


Title: Dice pattern
Dimensions: 61 x 91cm
Material: Oil on canvas
Year: 2017
Price: $1200







Claudia Gulino

A triptych of recycled skateboard decks, donated by skaters from around South Australia. Decks endured meticulous sanding to reveal raw, unmolested timber. A hot iron was used to solidify the designs on the sanded surfaces, followed by a coat of beeswax to finish. This body of work explores the artists subjective reality, expressed through elements of contemporary and historic artistic culture.

There is no predetermination in my work. It is candid, spontaneous, and selfish, and translates objective reality to reveal subjective truths. These truths are expressed through historic, and contemporary, cultural elements.

Title: Subjectivism
Dimensions: 73 x 81cm
Material: Recycled timber
Year: 2017
Price: $4500











Leah Jeffries

As a culture we are completely entangled with our Smartphone. We are disconnected from the people in our space & oblivious to our surroundings. We are clearly struggling to make use of these devices in a balanced way. Are we lost?

Title: 10 short years
Dimensions: 108 x 122cm
Material: Oil on Canvas
Year: 2017
Price: $4800






Ellie Kammer


Living with a chronic condition like endometriosis can be extremely isolating. Through immersing myself in the endometriosis community and adopting the ‘spoonie’ culture, I’ve been able to accept and embrace my riddled body.

Title: Endometriosis (Fluctuation)
Dimensions: 150 x 150cm
Material: Oil on Belgian linen
Year: 2017
Price: $4100









Tony Kearney

Nyaparu (William) Gardiner recalls witnessing the1946 Pilbarra Aboriginal strike where indigenous workers walked off 25 properties in protest over their lack of pay.
Bill's art is drawn from these memories of the Kimberley in the 1940s - 50s, the pastoral workers he worked with in his youth. “I paint for the old people and their stories, my paintings are about what I have witnessed as a young man”.

Title: Portrait of Bill
Dimensions: 110 x 110cm
Material: Hahnemuhle Photo Rag with Archival Inks
Year: 2017
Price: $2700






Glenn Kestell

A prescribed CULTURE; aren’t we all dependent or even addicted to something in one-way or another? Be it mobile phones, caffeine, medication or even people. If we don’t pause for self-intervention or consideration, it can be easy to become nihilistic, coerced into narcissism or simply just lost within a completely undesired culture,

Title: Intervention, Kind of....
Dimensions: 76 x 76cm
Material: Oil on linen
Year: 2017
Price: $2200






Belinda Keyte


Coming or going, we are never really here, but in a surreal space & time of nowhere. Temporary, transitory, lonely…lost. The opposite of what we strive for, as humans, permanency, security, immortality, meaning, mattering.

This depiction of Tommy, a single gay man who also suffers panic attacks and social anxiety, and the wider community that exist in this surreal and confusing state of temporality, reflect our contemporary urban culture.

Title: Tommy
Dimensions: 50 x 70cm
Material: C-Type photographic print in timber & museum glass frame
Year: 2017
Price: $500








Marlene Kingdon

We live in a throwaway culture. This work seeks to make something valuable from something that has been thrown away. My friend and teacher has gone but my memories of her have also changed over time. I seek to recollect her through images and stories but each retelling invents her anew until I can no longer recall her with clarity. My process of making reflects this exactly. I paint, wash off and paint again. Jo disappears and is remade.


Title: JO CADDY-1916 to about 2009
Dimensions: 9.5 x 11.5cm
Material: Acrylic paint on waste plastic.
Year: 2018
Price: $430







Seirian Kitchener

A reflection upon being on the other side of culture.


Title: Pour
Dimensions: 81 x 101cm
Material: Oil on canvas
Year: 2018
Price: $2200







Seichiro Kobayashi

The street-culture artist Basquiat reclines with a contemplative look against the backdrop of his own painting. The subject is sandwiched between his own work and my portrayal of him, a cultural icon much larger than when he lived.

When it comes to “Culture”, it means “Street Culture” for me. Basquiat was one of the pioneers of this movement and his influence on the art world continues to grow stronger. So I was inspired to pay homage to him.

Title: The Man Who
Dimensions: 91 x 61cm
Material: Acrylic on canvas
Year: 2018
Price: $1500






Brent Leideritz

The culture of prejudice, inequality and judgement must pass from the mind and hearts of this generation and those to come. The time for a better future is now.
'Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.' Matthew 7: 1-2

Title: Another martyr of they
Dimensions: 57.5 x 46 cm
Material: Framed giclee print with gold leaf on Hahnemühle Fine Art Photo Rag - #1 of 1 pink oval edition
Year: 2018
Price: $1978





Cristina Metelli

Culture and personal identity are closely connected. Deep Blue represents my experience of culture from the point of view of a migrant to Australia and the feelings that this provoked. For years my struggle with the new culture and different language made me feel very isolated. In my painting I depict the point of surrender where darkness and light meet and where a chapter ends and another begins.

Title: Deep Blue
Dimensions: 127 x 97cm
Material: oil on canvas
Year: 2017
Price: $1100







Colin Moore

The work titled ‘Flight’ draws from in style from art deco. In short it is a celebration of human achievements and a concern of where we are going with our achievements.

Title: Flight
Dimensions: 40 x 33 x 8.5cm
Material: Marble powder + epoxy resin + timber + LED light panel
Year: 2017
Price: $2500








Judy Morris

Some foods are associated strongly with particular traditional cultures, but our own modern culinary culture incorporates a blend of locally grown ingredients borrowed from diverse cuisines.

Title: To market to market
Dimensions: Framed 79 x 77 cm
Material: Coloured pencil on cotton rag
Year: 2018
Price: $1950







Amanda Ng

Growing up in a Malaysian Chinese household, there was always an emphasis on superstition and luck. The colours surrounding us, numerical symbolism and the representation of living things all tied into the harmony of our lives.

Title: Lucky Number 8
Dimensions: 28.5 x 38.5cm
Material: Watercolour and ink on paper
Year: 2018
Price: $888






Sally Parnis

This narrative painting mixes images from an old depiction of the fourteenth station of the cross with photographs from the Palm Island burial of a victim of police brutality (name withheld due to cultural sensitivities) Here, the ancient story of a brutalised 'other' is paralleled with a more recent event, another rejected human being. Different cultures, enduring story. In the story of human suffering we are all victim, perpetrator, rescuer and onlooker at different times.

Title: The Fourteenth: Laid in the tomb
Dimensions: 66 x 39cm
Material: Oil on marine ply
Year: 2018
Price: $600







Bev Puckridge

How we present ourselves to others is part of our personal culture; indicating what is important to us. This painting depicts someone who dares to flaunt a little theatrical flair.

Title: Magenta Bloom
Dimensions: 100 x 120cm
Material: Acrylic paint on canvas with collaged fabric backfill
Year: 2017
Price: $3200







Julie Strawinski 


Strawinski’s oil paintings are informed by history, referencing antique jewellery. In this work called ‘The Illustrious Pearl’ we see a single pearl in all its glory. The pearl is shrouded in myth and legend often symbolizing wisdom and tears.  Throughout time cultures have revered pearls, the question being ‘why are these gems formed by nature, so highly prized?’
The enigma of a pearl growing inside an oyster in the great depths of the ocean, its inner glow and nacre, brings to us one of nature’s incredible gifts, infused with mystery, touching many cultures.


Title: The Illustrious Pearl
Dimensions: 76.5 x 76.5 cm Tondo (round stretcher).
Material: Oil painting on Canvas
Year: 2018
Price: $1150





Joanne Villani

Pesce, Latin for fish, embodies life in art. With techniques that capture light and shadow, this method uses many fine layers of paint on resin, which acts as the building blocks of coloured structure to create the three-dimensional organic lifelike effect. Koi fish are known to be good Feng Shui, and Koi are the symbol of good fortune in all Asian culture and the numeral 3 is the number for life. I have painted this piece to depict a harmonious clash of cultures from the influence of my Western life impacted by the symbol of strength and good fortune of the Eastern cultures represented by the Koi.

Title: Pesce
Dimensions: 17 cm across, 56 cm around
Material: Handmade clay bowl, Acrylic paint, Epoxy resin
Year: June 2017

Price: $1500




Peter Wallfried

My painting shows some school kids playing cricket next to the recently painted grain silos in the small town of Coonalpyn. That most popular Australian game played next to the grain silos is my interpretation of culture

Title: Cricket at Coonalpyn
Dimensions/Running Time/Word Count: 76 x 101cm
Material: Acrylic on canvas
Year: 2018
Price: $1250





Margaret Walsh

When I was a girl growing up in Adelaide, I saw that my grandmother, mother and aunties would pick a flower and place it in a container of water on their kitchen windowsill. Through my photograph, I am expressing the beauty that they created with the simplicity of this custom - representing the culture of allowance of beauty by those women in family who walked before me.

Title: Culture Of Allowance Of Beauty
Dimensions: 95 x 65cm
Material: Photograph
Year: 2017
Price: $730





Alison Waye

This work is a reflection and questioning of our beliefs and lifestyle practices within our culture that separate us from nature. Fiona Hall: 'We tend to think that we are looking out at nature and forget that we are nature.'

Title: Reclining Nude
Dimensions: 88 x 62 cm
Material: Oil on canvas
Year: 2018
Price: $800





Jamie Willis

The painting 'Heart' is a commentary on the cultural symbolism of the heart as depicted in romantic situations and how that compares with the actual organ that is essential for life.

Title: Heart
Dimensions: 72 x 107cm
Material: Oil on canvas
Year: 2017
Price: $ 1350




Emma Young

Upon first glance, the FruChoc Bowl may seem like an orange bowl floating above a brown one. Rather, there is a thick void of clear glass connecting the two colours. The colouring is achieved during the 'glass blowing' process. Then, after the glass has cooled, the rim is ground flat to a perfectly clear polish, revealing the two-bowl illusion.
FruChoc Bowl is a celebration of unique South Australian culture. I intend to revive feelings of familiarity, connection and nostalgia with this bowl, which doubles as an intriguing sculpture.

Title: FruChoc Bowl (application includes 2 pieces being submitted)
Dimensions: 15 x 15 x 7cm
Material: Blown and cold worked glass
Year: 2018
Price: $330 each











15% of the sales during the Emma Hack Art Prize 2018 will be donated to Multicultural Communities Council of South Australia.


“The Multicultural Communities Council of South Australia is the peak body for all multicultural South Australians. We champion a diverse and thriving South Australia for the benefit of all South Australians. We support a harmonious society in which everyone can thrive”.









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