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EMMA HACK ART PRIZE 2017

 

 

 

MEET THE JUDGES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PENNY GRIGGS

PENNY GRIGGS has dedicated her career to the arts industry.

Penny is currently the General Manager of the South Australian Living Artists Festival. SALA's vision is to create and sustain an environment in which South Australian visual artists are supported, valued and celebrated.  SALA provides a range of opportunities and initiatives that celebrate and promote South Australian visual artists, locally, nationally and internationally. Initiatives include the annual SALA Festival, an innovative, community-based, State-wide festival.

Penny has enjoyed a diverse career working primarily in arts marketing and has extensive experience working on Festivals including Adelaide Cabaret Festival, OzAsia Festival, Adelaide International Guitar Festival, Come Out Children’s Festival and the Adelaide Festival. 

Penny is also a registered Civil Celebrant.

 

 

GAVIN BLAKE

Photo credit: Mark Zed

Gavin Blake is the founder and Director of the Centre for Creative Photography in Marleston S.A.

 

He started the school twenty years ago now in 2017, it has grown to become the state’s foremost deliverer of accredited photographic education. Gavin holds a BFA from the South Australian School of Art (1980) and an MFA from the University of Delaware (1990). Blake has been an an artist, educator and arts worker here and in the United States since 1977, lecturing, workshopping and administrating on art and art-related topics at the South Australian School of Art, TAFE SA, the Adelaide Central School of Art, the University of Delaware, the Art Institute of Philadelphia, amongst other institutions, before founding the CCP where he now permanently resides. He has exhibited his work in Australia, Europe and the Uniteds States.

“I am so lucky that Fine Art found me at a very early age as it enriches my life every day” say Gavin. “As an educator, it’s extremely important to encourage others that art is something that’s accessible to everyone either as practitioners, volunteers or spectators and to this end it’s an honour and a privelege to have been involved with an astounding amount of art projects either as a practicioner, curator, judge and facillitator. I have not missed a day’s work in all of this time and I’m certainly looking forward to every bit of time ahead because with art, you just cannot be too sure just what lays ahead around the next corner”.

 

 

 

EMMA HACK

Photo credit: Darren Clements

Emma Hack is a South Australian artist working in the unique medium of body paint installation and photography. 

 

Exhibiting extensively throughout Australia since 1999, Emma's astounding artowrks have since captured the attention of collectors and art lovers worldwide. Emma has received great acclaim for her refined body paint camouflage technique; through a combination of painting on canvas, body painting and studio-based photography, her work evokes a rich array of visual narrative and magical realism.

Emma Hack’s collaboration with Grammy award winning musician Gotye resulted in the iconic, award winning music video for Somebody That I Used to Know, which has been viewed by over 700 million people worldwide, raising her profile in the US, UK and Europe. Emma has since worked on major artistic commissions for luxury brands and the artistic community including her 'Madame Hanoi’ portrait, currently the largest body art mural in the world, standing at 8m in height, gracing the walls of Celebrity Chef, Nic Watt’s restaurant of the same name in Adelaide.

Emma Hack opened her own, flagship gallery and studio in 2014 -2016 in her hometown of Adelaide.  The gallery is now mobile with many pop-ups planned throughout Australia and art fairs worldwide. Emma is represented by galleries throughout Australia, in London, New York, Taipei and Hong Kong. Her work is held in numerous private and corporate collections globally. 

 

 

 

 

PEOPLE'S CHOICE PRIZE SPONSORED BY BURNSIDE VILLAGE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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